|Path through the woods leading to my camp site.|
Friday night I spent the night in the woods, by myself except for my dog Duke. I, the 'fraidy cat. It was really dark out there. The bugs were loud, and some lights kept going off -- bright enough to shine through the roof of my tent. At first I thought it was a plane going overhead, but it was really fast. Growing up on UFO stories, that was my next fleeting thought. Yep! Then I realized it was only lightening bugs, and a lot of them. Wish I would have thought to try to photograph them.
|Yes, I really camped here. By myself.|
|Camp site in the woods.|
|My camping buddy, Duke.|
One of the benefits of camping at my parents' place is feeling safe to walk through the woods. There is no chance of getting lost back there. And although they have seen coyotes, foxes, deer, turkey and bob cats, it's still relatively safe. Unless you want to count the snakes we've seen (Mom and I killed a big one earlier this year -- I held it down and she killed it). Hence, my dog/warning system. Unfortunately, because of my dog there was little chance I would see any wild life, but that can be saved for another time.
|Beautiful weed in the woods. So -- who determines if something is a weed?|
|Along the edge of the woods.|
|There was a path of morning glories growing in the woods.|
|Love the design -- perfect star shape.|
|In the woods.|
|Mushrooms growing in the woods.|
|Fungi growing behind a tree, alongside the road.|
Saturday morning I took my grandmother (who will be 85 this fall) for a ride on the four wheeler. We had to stop for a gaggle of geese crossing the road. She pointed out the geese on both sides. There were forty or fifty geese spread from the field, across the road and into the neighbor's pond. My dog soon found the geese, and off they flew. Too bad they don't come with a warning system to tell you they are about to fly away, I would have loved to have gotten some better pictures!
|My grandmother and I saw this gaggle of geese. So did my dog...|
|This is the result.|
|Thunder storms had been predicted for Friday evening and again Saturday evening. And although we didn't have any, there was a lot of cloud cover. Which made for beautiful skies.|
|Clouds equal a beautiful sky.|
|My mother is an excellent gardener. She likes fullness and variety, as evidenced below. She takes after her grandmother who was also an avid gardener (she always saved strawberries for me). |
|Lantana, salvia, and roses.|
Mom asked if I had any butterfly pictures. I told her I didn't have many because the butterflies flew away too fast. She made a suggestion, and this is what followed:
|Butterfly in the lantana.|
I can't get over the color of these day lilies! I love them mixed with the mini roses and grasses. The best part is that when it's time to divide the day lilies, some of them go home with me!
|Mom's day lilies, with mini roses and grasses.|