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 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 evenings on the prairie are always colorful.
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).
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.