The Hairy Snake

There are a lot plants that are finished with their colorful blooms. Yet to me they still hold value. Some maybe providing homes for insects. Others may have seeds for wildlife as well as the plant’s own future survival.

The once vibrant thistles now are equally fascinating and beautiful with their stark white fluff. Hummingbirds will often stop to perch on one before zooming down to our feeder.

Horsemint (Monarda cittriodora) would make a beautiful addition to a dried flower arrangement. However, I bet besides decaying through the winter perhaps now it is a haven for some critters. Though I must admit I did not look hard since I was in the afternoon heat.

The Greeneyes leaves have all wilted below. The tops are still visited by insects.
Frostweed droops. However it does this most every summer. When that first hard frost comes it will split open with its frost! The flowers are especially visited by all the pollinators in the fall! Every season holds treasures to see!
Jeanne has had some adorable visitors at her water!
The Carolina Chickadees were hesitate to get a drink according to Jeanne. They must have thought the squirrel’s tail looked like a hairy snake. LOL

Thanks Jeanne for sharing your photos!

Homegrown National Park by Dr Douglas Tallamy (A Cross Timbers NPSOT chapter presentation)

I urge everyone to share the above youtube video/presentation with everyone you know. The time is now for everyone to be part of the Homegrown National Park in your yard. Or go to Homegrown National Park website to learn more.

“No More Monoculture Grass Lawn!” Aug. 24th (Thursday) by the Trinity Forks NPSOT presentation Kathy will be sharing her many years of experience of going native. Go Kathy!

Frogs Glow at Twilight, Perhaps to Find Each Other in The Shadows

Ecuadorean Voters Reject Oil Drilling in the Amazon’s Yasuní National Park

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


  1. Jeanne, what was the third bird behind the chickadees? The photo is small for me to see but looks like a female Orchard Oriole. What a funny squirrel to leaves its tail in the water.

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