Staying Cool

In the middle of July, the mid-summer heat settled in with fog in the mornings and spontaneous thunderstorms sprinkled throughout the days and the nights.

A young robin followed his Mom to a berry bush in the garden. A painted lady butterfly clung to the rocks on the edge of the garden pond. A female goldfinch flew in to drink water. A catbird stopped by to take a bath after sampling the berries.

In the shade, a bold cottontail rabbit ate his breakfast as I walked by.

A male twelve-spotted skimmer wove a pattern over the water before landing on a blade of grass. Nearby, tucked into the plants on the edge of the pond, a female ebony jewelwing showed off her wings.

A chipmunk searched for fallen berries in the gravel under the bush.

July 19, 2017

A young American robin in a berry bush in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, July 19, 2017.

A painted lady butterfly on the rocky edge of the garden pond at Jester Park, Iowa, July 19, 2017.

A cottontail rabbit in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, July 19, 2017.

A cottontail rabbit in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, July 19, 2017.

A cottontail rabbit in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, July 19, 2017.

An American goldfinch drinking water from the garden pond at Jester Park, Iowa, July 19, 2017.

An American goldfinch drinking water from the garden pond at Jester Park, Iowa, July 19, 2017.

An American goldfinch drinking water from the garden pond at Jester Park, Iowa, July 19, 2017.

July 20, 2017

A catbird taking a bath in the garden pond at Jester Park, Iowa, July 20, 2017.

A catbird taking a bath in the garden pond at Jester Park, Iowa, July 20, 2017.

A male twelve-spotted skimmer dragonfly in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, July 20, 2017.

A male twelve-spotted skimmer dragonfly in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, July 20, 2017.

July 21, 2017

A female ebony jewelwing damselfly on a leaf near the garden pond at Jester Park, Iowa, July 21, 2017.

A female ebony jewelwing damselfly on a leaf near the garden pond at Jester Park, Iowa, July 21, 2017.

A female ebony jewelwing damselfly on a leaf near the garden pond at Jester Park, Iowa, July 21, 2017.

A chipmunk in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, July 21, 2017.

A chipmunk in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, July 21, 2017.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

 

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