Tuesday evening as we headed to the farm I didn’t really have a plan as to what I was going to accomplish. I knew there were things that need to be done, like cutting some grass, weeding in the prayer garden and cleaning garlic, but I didn’t feel an urgent need to get any of those things done.
So, I took the evening off and just enjoyed being at the farm on a beautiful summer evening. It was a great time for picture taking so grab your favorite beverage and join me.
*For anyone who is burned out on nature pictures you can play a game as you read ” Count the tennis Balls” let me know in the comments how many tennis balls you saw in the pictures. *
As we arrived at the farm shortly after 6:00 P.M. the first order of business was to feed the chickens the kitchen scraps we had collected throughout the day. As usual Ruby had to sniff though the goodies to see what she might like. Since it was mostly watermelon rinds and peach peels (I canned peaches that morning), I’m not sure if she actually found anything good to eat.
The weather is still very summerlike but there is a feel that fall is fast approaching. Late summer/fall flowers, like these black-eyed-Susans and purple loosestrife, are in bloom.
The hibiscus are beautiful this year.
I’ve been waiting all summer for these volunteer cosmos to blossom. I am reminded of my maternal grandma, who loved these flowers.
I’ve also been waiting for the opportunity to photograph a dragonfly. As I wandered through the prayer garden, this one posed on a lily leaf to oblige me.
The balloon flowers continue to blossom, but I think I need to add deadheading them to my to-do list to keep them flowering longer.
After photographing the balloon flower, I looked toward the beach and was pleasantly surprised to see our green heron. Long time followers might remember that each year in late summer we begin seeing a green heron dining along the edges of our pond. In past year I have speculated that there were a pair perhaps living in our woods since on some occasions I had seen two of them.
A couple weeks ago my husband first mentioned seeing “that bird” and he has talked about it, and how good it is at catching fish, a few times since then. Until Tuesday night I had yet to see it this year.
My husband and I agree in thinking that this is not the same bird we’ve seen in past years as it looks younger.
It also did not seem as skittish as in past years.
I was probably within 15 feet when I took this photo,
and as I stood on the edge of the prayer garden it continued to comb the shoreline making its way right past me,
on the hunt for a minnow or a frog.
Check out that hair do. Looks like a rock star. LOL!
After my rock star friend flew to the other side of the pond, I began making my way to the main garden, AKA puppy playground, to take some photos. I passed this patch of wildflowers near the beehives. I’m not sure what they are but the patch has spread each year and they make a grand showing.
When I got to the main garden and was approaching these sunflowers, I noticed two hummingbirds that seemed to be playing near the flowers. Unfortunately, they flew off before I could get my camera.
A few weeks ago my husband noticed that birds had begun eating our unripe apples. He at first was blaming it on crows but we have since witnessed sparrows flying out of the trees as we approach. He chose the tree with the most apples on it and put netting over and around it. While none of the apples are visible in this picture rest assured, we can now leave them on the tree to fully ripen.
We did leave the rest of the apple trees un-netted, so the sparrows have plenty to eat (unless the crows get there first.)
Before I continued my garden tour, I had to play a game of fetch with Ruby.
I threw the ball several times and each time she brought it back to me to throw again.
When she decided to take a break, I continued on my way.
The sunflowers, a beautiful variety that we had not planted before, were buzzing with bees.
Cantaloups were planted late and are not yet ripe, but we should get a few nice melons from these plants.
The squash are still growing as well. I expect it will be at least another month before we harvest any.
Some pumpkins are beginning to turn orange.
After leaving the garden my husband and I sat at the picnic area for a while. Ruby decided it was time for another game of fetch.
The chickens don’t play fetch, but I have seen a curious hen walk up and peck a tennis ball.
I have seen Peanut play with a tennis ball, but fetch is not his game either.
When the flies started biting my ankles we decided to relocate. We sat on the beach to enjoy the scenery. Thankfully there were no flies there.
The wind was calm, and the water looked like glass.
Until my husband threw some fish food in. The minnows began feeding almost immediately leaving rings on the surface of the pond.
The sun was setting in the west. The green heron was still fishing along the edge of the pond but was beyond the cameras reach. It was peaceful feel just relaxing and soaking up this environment.
Then the entertainment began.
Ruby and Ranger began ruff-housing.
Running and chasing each other, barking and kicking up sand.
It’s funny to watch them play like this knowing they are BFF”s.
My camera battery went dead after this photo, but you really didn’t miss any of the good stuff. I hope you enjoyed our evening at the farm. Thanks for spending time with us.
Are you making the most of the last days of summer?
How many tennis balls did you count?