The afternoon sun is hot, but the evening air cools. Gardens and marshes are lush and green, but golds and reds peek through. Fruits ripen, seeds swell. The fullness of summer is now.
A young Spotted Sandpiper (the spots will come later) hunts in the shadow of lily pads.
The full-grown pads easily support the weight of these diminutive birds.
The lily pads may also hide supper – a frog, perhaps? – for a Great Blue Heron.
Closer to home a Blue Jay relaxes in the early-morning sun.
The hundreds of Red Soldier Beetles that gathered on a Hydrangea Paniculata were not ready to relax.
Mushrooms pop up every day and many, like these on a wood chip path, won’t stand up to the mid-day sun.
The Tomatillos in the garden, on the other hand, love the August sunshine as long as they get enough water.
The Sour Cherry crop is now put away – and our resident Chipmunks were glad to help in the harvest.