I have been too busy to post lately. All other life forms up here are busy as well, and I have much photographic evidence of it.
A big story this week has been the Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica): there are scores of them, many of whom are busy making more. At one point I saw three mating couples on one leaf alone. Here's one of the better images I got:
Japanese beetles, 25 June 2011. [photo by cathie bird]
On my June 18th holler walk, I found the first ripe blackberry of the year. On Friday the 25th, I found these:
I ate three of the ripe ones -- somebody had already taken a bite out of the fourth one so I left it there.
I took my camera outside the holler this week to get some peavine pictures. It doesn't grow up here in the holler and this year -- as I did with the May apples -- I decided to focus harder on remembering to take my camera when I went to town. Here's one I finally got yesterday:
Peavine (Lathyrus sylvestris), 25 June 2011. [Photo credit: Cathie Bird]
I found a white bunch flowers among the pink ones, but will post that on The View from Frog Pond Holler.
I've been very close to several different birds this week but just couldn't see them through the leaves. A white-eyed vireo was singing probably not more than 10 to 15 feet away...awesome! Also a yellow-breasted chat or two came very close, and I think I may have heard a young pileated woodpecker close to the house. It sounded like a pileated's call, but it was a little shaky, not quite so bold as adults sound.
I'm starting to see ebony jewelwings around the yard and down the holler. Yesterday on the hollerwalk I saw a common whitetail dragonfly but couldn't get close enough for a photo. I did however get very close to a narrow-winged damselfly, possibly one of those known as sprites:
Damselfly (Nehalennia sp.?), 24 june 2011. [Photo credit: Cathie Bird]