Today was just one of those wonderful days that you have to get out and enjoy. I went out this morning and found all kinds of little treats.
This late season Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus was enjoying the sunshine and drinking nectar.
Although there are no dragonflies around now I did find this exuvia left when the nymph climbed up out of the water and underwent its transformation into the adult form.
I had mentioned in a previous post that the immature herons were gorging on a late glut of bluegills in the pond - here they are!
As we were coming back into our building my husband almost trod on this autumn leaf! It is actually the moth of the Maple Spanworm Ennomos magnaria (thanks BugGuide!) I took masses of photos of it because I thought it was so handsome, actually judging by the antennae I would have to say 'she' rather than 'it.'
After lunch we went out and sat by the lake in the sun for a few hours. One of the things that delighted me was the appearance of this little flock of five Sanderlings Calidris alba on route from their summer breeding grounds above the Arctic Circle to their overwintering grounds around the coastline of the Lower 48. They are the ultimate in constant motion so trying to get a picture of them nearly drove me crazy!
Now the sun is setting and washing everything in a beautiful pink light - definitely a great day.
Photo Credits - CJT
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