Red Capped Mushroom
A good year for all mushrooms and fungi in general--mainly because of the rainy warm conditions.
Love the bright contrasting colors on this one.
7/3 Old Mushroom
Looking pretty beaten up, which makes it look even more interesting.
Taken at a friends house. Actually three images combined to give more coverage.
7/5 Honeysuckle Berries
The birds eat this, especially after fully ripe, and widely distribute the seeds.
7/6 Coming In For A Landing.
Some fly or wasp landed on this Queen Anne. Didn't know about it till I saw the image on the computer.
7/7 Common Cinquefoil in Lawn
These have a weird looking seed--it looks like a funny shaped strawberry. No wildlife, including insects seems to touch it.
7/8 Coleus In Church Garden
Looked soft and mossy, but was normal coleus to touch.
7/9 Miniature Dahlia
At Portage Senior Center garden. The flowers were only about 1.5 to 2.5" in diameter, and the plant only about 5-6" tall.
7/10 Blueberries - Yummy
We've been surprised that the birds haven't gotten them all. Had a small dish worth tonight and they are yummy.
7/11 Queen Anne and Her Visitors
The Queen Anne's Lace are popping up all over now, some with huge umbels of bloom and all populated with some sort of insects.
Planted a big patch of mixed butterfly friendly flowers this Spring. The zinnias are just starting to bloom.
7/13 Red Sumac Seeds
Found on a vacant lot down the street from us. They say these seed stalks make a good tea.
7/14 Balloon Flower
They prefer more sunlight, but these are doing well. Name is because the buds swell up looking almost perfectly round--like a balloon.
7/15 Horse Nettle
A relative of the tomato and potato. The flowers look similar. Fruit is close also.
Apparently great butterfly and humming bird attractors.
7/17 California Poppy
This is another flower that was included in the butterfly wildflower seeds we planted this spring.
Have come to appreciate the zinnias for their variety and beautiful colors and very different stamens and pistils. The butterflies do like them too.
7/19 Purple Red-Spot Butterfly
It landed on the ground near where I had just stopped to look at the flowers and only had my phone camera with me. I was quite aways from it when I snapped this, but it enlarged (cropped) well.
7/20 Close up of Zinnia Flower
Showing the center reproductive structures.
7/21 Beaten Bounding Bet
Had a heavy rain earlier today and heavy water still lingers on the flowers, and they look beaten compared to last night.
7/22 Glistening Leaves
These are on a red bud tree and the leaves never seem to get wet--even with heavy rains as we've been having the last couple days.
7/23 Dragon Fly on Purple Coneflower
Almost transparent wings and color blending made it hard to see her.
7/24 Common Vetch
This is the variety used in grasslands used for grazing cattle.
7/25 I Saw a Black Bug
Have no idea what it is, but probably some instar stage of a longhorn beetle.
7/26 Monarch Chrysalis
Found this in the big milkweed patch just a half block from home.
7/27 Lillies to Greet Us
At brother-in-law's place in Fort Collins Colorado. Beautiful flowers as usual.
7/28 Painted Electrical Service Boxes
They're all over Ft. Collins like this. All very nice and much better than a drab plain green box that is in so many other places.
7/29 Larry's Yellow Daylilies
Always some beautiful dayliies blooming.
7/30 Horsetooth Reservoir at Lorry State Park
This is the back end of the reservoir which serves as the water supply for the cith of Ft. Collins.