Walking to the back yard... no, this isn't the fence that my honey fixed...it's on the other side of the house...I loved this shot. My sister's backyard is virtually a wildlife retreat. Just a few nights before we arrived, a mother fox and 5 of her babies were spotted right back here.
Here's a silly and embarrassing story. Her family was sitting in the family room and heard screaming. Children screaming loudly. It was dark and my baby sister's first impression was to call the police. When Park Ridge's finest arrived on the scene, they politely said "Ma'am, that is the sound of a mother fox calling her baby fox to come back home." See that little house in the middle of the photo. Every animal known to man has given birth beneath the studio.
I love black eyed susans. I love the blue, green and brown eyed susans, too. Yes, that was corny. Sorry.
Black eyed susans attract butterflies. My friend, Debra, photographs the most gorgeous butterflies on her nature walks and in her backyard. I should have shot the butterflies but I didn't want to embarrass myself. Although, mark my words. There will be a time when I enlarge my equipment inventory. When that time comes, if I can take photos half as stunning as Debra's, I will smile softly.
There's something stunning about hydrangeas. You really never know what color they are going to be until they bloom. It's all about pH levels and either adding aluminum or subtracting aluminum from the soil. It's too much for my pretty little head to think about. I'd rather be surprized by Mother Nature.
Tomorrow...there will be more.