Tuesday, October 9, 2012

these boxelders have mustered a cluster!

The recent rains have really perked things up in the yard.  My nasturtiums have finally filled in around the base of my bird bath, a feat I was unable to accomplish all summer long despite frequent desperate soakings with the hose.

They're even climbing up the fence.  I think I'm in love!

As I've mentioned before, the rain settles beautifully on nasturtium leaves.

My all-time favorite for raindrop beauty is, of course, the columbine.

I think the leaves looked like they're edged with diamonds.  The tiny droplets of water outline each and every leaf.

Of course, I found more little creatures hiding and waiting out the rain, like this carpenter bee... 

...and this grasshopper.

But the rains passed, the sun came out, and Todd was finally able to work on some roof issues during a (much too brief!) visit home.

The squirrels, fat and round as can be, came out in force.

The weather was so nice - sunny, but crisp, too nice to be inside - so I decided to take Borga to the park.

I love to see the trees as they're starting to turn.

Most trees are just tipped with color...

...but some, like this maple, has completely transformed.

What a beauty!

I'm going to get to have two falls this year...the Indiana one, and then the one in South Carolina, which runs a bit later than ours here.  Yay!

We saw other signs of fall.  Acorns are dropping...

...mushrooms are popping up as a result of the recent rains...

...and there are squirrels, squirrels, and more squirrels!

 Here's another interesting sign of fall:  a cluster of boxelder bugs.

Boxelder bugs are mainly seen in spring and fall, clustered and warming themselves in a sunny spot.  These boxelders must have been living in a nearby tree, but as the weather cools, they will start looking for a warm place to overwinter...including inside houses.

They're a bit of a nuisance in that respect.  However, they don't bite and don't seem to cause any real damage.  It's interesting to see their unusual behavior! 

Hope you're seeing signs of fall all around, too.  Have a great week!

1 comment:

  1. Oh I forgot to plant nasturtiums this year - thanks for sharing yours.