Late Summer/Early Fall 2017

Here are a few pictures of what’s been happening recently in the yard.

Spider-on-harebell

A fuzzy gray spider on a tall bellflower by the deck.

Spider-closeup

A close-up of the spider. I was unable to figure out what kind it is, but it looks like there’s also a candy-striped leafhopper hiding on the right side of the picture.

Pileated-woodpecker-on-snag

A fuzzy picture of a pileated woodpecker on the Amur maple snag (prior to buckthorn removal).

Pollinators-on-asters

A few pollinators on the New England aster. In August and early September the garden buzzes with several kinds of bees and flies on the asters, coneflowers, goldenrod, and bergamot.

Lars-the-treefrog-1

This is Lars the Gray Treefrog. For some reason, he really likes our hose reel. This is the second summer in a row that he’s lived on it (the reason he was deemed worthy of a name). I have to be careful when I roll and unroll the hose!

Lars-2

He spent a lot of time calling in the late afternoons and early evenings. I don’t know if he found a mate or not, but we usually see quite a few small green treefrogs every summer, which are likely juvenile grays. It’s October now and Lars is probably hibernating. Hopefully he’ll be back next year!