Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Autumn Comes to Ohio

 Our "garden" is beginning to fade
 Li'l Sunny, whithering
 Big Sunny, gone to seed
 Still harvesting tomatoes
 But they are struggling to ripen on the vine
 Beautiful Zinnias still bloom in Xenia
 And Marigolds
And the last of our Petunias
But the Harvest Moon is swelling
Hawks are very active...this is prime hunting season
 The Junkyard deer are taking defensive measures, lol!
 Food is plentiful
 The young are strong and frisky!
 The herd is thriving
 Mom is a little concerned about me
 There is a fawn...late season birth, still spotted
 But the herd mother and the big buck are on patrol, ever vigilant.
Antlers polished, the big guy is no doubt anticipating the rut
Late summer bloomers are brightening the landscape
Sunflowers still resplendent
And in Yellow Springs
The annual Sunflower celebration has begun!
The local orchard will be pressing cider and selling apples, pumpkins and more
So Hoist the Colors!
Autumn is here!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Red-shouldered Hawks Overhead!

 Hawk #1
 Note how the light shines through the feathers!
 Red-shouldered hawks have the distinctive light "crescent" near their wing-tips

 Hawk #2


 Classic Buteo hawks, soaring, circling
 Using their tails for stability while they scan for prey
Thick bodies with broad, strong wings. comes one making a straight-line pass overhead!
 Flaps to gain altitude...Glorious!
Thanks for the show!

A magical late afternoon out back.