This is the first summer since we retired in 2007 that there’s been regular rainfalls. The past 3 summers were very dry. So this year, we’re seeing how different things are while having average weather. One thing I’ve noticed more this year than the past is the number of butterflies out there. Before this summer, all I could ever identify were Monarchs and Swallowtails and a few moths. Now I know lots of different kinds.
The other day we were driving to Molly’s favorite swimming hole and I saw a patch of bergamot with pretty orange butterflies flitting all over them. We had to back up so I could get some pictures of them. They were really into these sweet purple flowers. I now know these are Aphrodite butterflies.
I’ve noticed how much earlier wildflowers are blooming because it’s not so dry. Same for berries. Lots of blueberries, raspberries and hopefully blackberries too. Rain really makes a difference. It keeps Molly’s swimming holes full and fresh.
This morning we had a big storm go through and while the wind was blowing and the rain pouring down, the only creatures stirring were the tiniest of them all…the little hummingbirds. Rain doesn’t bother them one single bit!