… but you could have fooled me, as we’ve had a very warm weather week and temps will climb to 80 F (26 C) today!
Last Saturday, on the last weekend of Summer, I added two layers of clothing and even broke out the gloves – I’ve never worn gloves on the 19th of September. I don’t usually wear a coat, nor do I turn on the furnace, before Autumn’s arrival, but I made an exception since that morning we tied a longstanding record of 38 F (3 C) – brrrrrr!
That brisk weather quickly moderated and now we have Summer-like conditions once again – go figure.
The cicadas are very loud this year. I did some yardwork last Sunday and the noise was almost deafening at times with their continuous buzzing/rattling sound. The invasion of the 17-year cicadas does not happen until 2021 (and no, their arrival was not cancelled this year due to COVID-19). I swear that thousands of cicadas must have converged into the trees in the ‘hood. Have you ever seen or heard cicadas? If not, you can see what they look like (ugh) and hear the noise (OMG) simply by clicking here – it’s a long video but interesting and the buzzing noise I referenced can be heard at 1:40.
Enough of bugs … how about some pretty blooms and butterflies?
Before Summer took that brief pause, I went to the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, hoping to get a few more shots of blooms and butterflies before the cooler weather settled in.
I also hoped to see a hummingbird or two hovering about the Cannas, or on the Cardinal Flowers, but I was out of luck. There were no hummers at the Cannas and this year, no bright-red Cardinal Vine was climbing over the top of the mesh-like Conservatory structure like it usually is. Perhaps next year?
By the way, I managed to get a few shots of Hope, the female hummingbird here at the house, but the photos were taken through the screen door and it was drizzly and gray. I believe Hope is still here, having seen her buzz by the other day; I asked her to send me a postcard when she arrives in Florida or Mexico, whatever her Winter destination of choice is, so I know she arrived safely and I can take the feeders down.
A little bit of eye candy to close out your week.
Nothing says Summertime like beautiful blooms and butterflies. The Botanical Gardens never disappoints.
Cabbage Whites, while not as colorful as some butterflies, are every bit as dainty as they flit from flower to flower.
Suddenly there were five butterflies enjoying nectar for breakfast.
This is a Painted Lady butterfly.
A second Painted Lady arrived as I was ready to leave.
Here’s a collection of flowers found inside the Conservatory.
Sayonara Summer … we miss you already. Only 268 days from today ’til Summer returns. Hurry Summer!