The popular image of success in America is described as a house with a family that contains a dog. To further emphasize that image, the white picket fence is seen as the quintessential yard ornament for showing off middle-class life. Here we can see Harper the dog modeling that idea while simultaneously not caring about the ideals of middle class life and wondering instead if by some miracle he could chase the chickens into the woods again.
A treetop bush katydid (Scudderia fasciata) hides in the day-lilies (Hemerocallis spp.) that festoon the fertile corners of our yard. As late summer marches toward the fall, the meadows abound with some of my favorites. Chicories, goldenrods, clover, asters, and more!
Flowers are abundant at this time of year and insects of all colors and stripes appear to relish the opportunity to get some sweet nectar. Beetles are especially abundant with their hard wing cases and wiry antennae. It’s always fascinating to watch them ply their way up a small collection of blossoms in the warm summer sun.
Exploring the surrounding area has also yielded some amazing sights. This is the view at Stonehouse Pond in Barrington. It’s a managed cold water fishery that specializes in providing a fly-fishing only fishery for brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). While I haven’t had a chance to catch anything here, I have until October 5th to try again. After that, the season will be over and the fish that remain can rest and wait for the fall spawning season to begin.
Finally, as these lazy summer days wind down, take a moment to look around. Be vigilant to your surroundings. You never know what you might miss!