It seems quite a few people decide to start a blog in July, as did I three years ago. My daughter convinced me that I needed an outlet for all the geeky science stuff I taught for 38 years. So she made a home page, with a banner of water lilies from a shot she took, and christened the blog: Back Yard Biology.
My first entry on July 17, 2011 was about the insect I hate to see in my garden, Japanese Beetles.
I started out with a Canon point-and-shoot so this was as close as I got to small things.
A year later, July 18, 2012, we were visiting prairies in northwestern Minnesota. They grow a lot of sunflowers up there, and I couldn’t pass up this field at sunset. All facing the same direction, just like students in a big classroom.
On July 17, 2013 I found two male 12-spotted skimmers having a face-off on a tomato stake in my front yard. The pink background is actually the faded color of my house.
Three years of blogging, 695 posts, I can’t imagine how many words or photos posted, 222 faithful followers who must take a peek almost every day because the average is about 200 views per day, 102,800 total lifetime views of the blog, and 3,998 comments. Thank you, blog readers, for making this such a fun and educational experience for me.
The animal that continues to garner the most views per day (about 40) is the Great Black Wasp (“Scary-looking, big black wasp alert” posted on July 25, 2012). It must have been the exciting title that generates interest!?
There has to be a bird in a blogiversary post, and my personal favorite from the backyard is this female Ruby-throated Hummingbird approaching Cardinal Flower (from Aug. 17, 2013).