Here are a few pictures of what’s been happening recently in the yard.
A fuzzy gray spider on a tall bellflower by the deck.
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.
A fuzzy picture of a pileated woodpecker on the Amur maple snag (prior to buckthorn removal).
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.
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!
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!