Summer’s end

I’ll be traveling for the next three weeks, so this is a post to celebrate the Minnesota summer that just whizzed by — an intense two months of blooms, colorful birds coming and going, fewer insects than usual, and a few notable backyard visitors.

The backyard was popular with a variety of birds, a few butterflies, and a pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

The backyard wildflower garden was popular with a variety of birds, a few butterflies, and a pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Summer along the St. Croix river, a spot popular with paddlers

Summer along the St. Croix river, a spot popular with paddlers.

Summer evenings on the prairie are always colorful.

Summer evenings on the prairie are always colorful.

My year-long quest to photograph the red foxes in the backyard was a success.

My year-long quest to photograph the red foxes in the backyard was finally successful.

A new telephoto lens helped get me closer to my subjects, but I still can't identify some of what I photograph (like this little bee).

A new telephoto lens helped get me closer to my subjects, but I still can’t identify some of what I photograph (like this little bee).

There are some little flycatchers that all look alike, and you have to hear and recognize  their calls --- which I didn't, so this one remains unnamed.

There are some little flycatcher species that all look alike, and you have to hear and recognize their calls to tell them apart — which I didn’t, so this one remains unnamed.

So, now it’s on to fall and the glorious, colorful change of season.

10 thoughts on “Summer’s end

    • I think you IDed it, Mike, thanks! I searched Bug Guide, even uploaded the image asking for ID help, but never figured it out. Now, I can write something about it finally.

    • Ha ha, clever play on words. Interesting question Finn, so I did a little research. Red foxes are distributed throughout the northern hemisphere, but have their origin in Eurasia. They appeared in North America during two different glaciation periods — more than 100,000 years ago and perhaps as long as 300,000 years ago. Based on this somewhat lengthy residence then, I’ll call the foxes native. Thanks for asking.

      • Yeah, I reckon that makes them native. At least if a person lives on the Fens round here that’s about how long you have to have lived there before you’re considered to not be a stranger 😉

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