Hibiscus — Hollywood

Hibiscus — Hollywood. Our hibiscuses have generally been a bit ‘Meh’ this year, so this one stood out. The blue tinge is due to reflected skylight, not coloring.

No one at home

It looks like the hot weather and receding lake have not been kind to the turtles. I found two empty shells on my hike. +1

Late-night visitor

Late-night visitor – who is this then? +2

Ribbit, ribbit. Toad, in a hole

Ribbit, ribbit. Toad, in a hole.

An evening visitor and more clumsiness

An evening visitor and more clumsiness – I was sitting in my hammock thinking about preparing dinner when I felt some water splash on my foot. It was raining hard, but I was nice and dry, and I thought it a bit odd. I bent down to investigate and spotted this little peeper, who’d hopped in to join me sheltering from the rain.

Mossy

Mossy – Piney Creek Wilderness – Day Two.

Indian paintbrush

Indian paintbrush – Castilleja, commonly known as Indian paintbrush or prairie-fire. 2 pictures

Snow, moss, and leaves

Snow, moss, and leaves – Seen on the Mary Hollow Trail.

Leaves

Leaves.

Not what you want to find in the house

Not what you want to find in the house – Brown Recluse Spider. It got a bit mangled meeting its demise.

Pipevine Swallowtail (Blue Swallowtail)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Blue Swallowtail) – Battus philenor. 3 pictures

2017 Total Solar Eclipse Backpacking Trip

2017 Total Solar Eclipse Backpacking Trip – Our plans for viewing the eclipse were to go backpacking and watch the eclipse from the Mark Twain National Forest Trip write-up: 10-minute read, +17