|This has been a regular sight out our front window|
|But then so has this!|
|Our son, Matt, joined us at camp in May. Joanne Spillar photo|
|Indian Skipper samples a dandelion|
I have been gobstruck at how lush and beautiful everything is here. I ran around for days photographing wildflowers that grow on our 65 acres and it is a good thing I did because other vegetation has since towered over the smaller flowers, blocking the view. I was amazed to find trilliums and orchids, most of which haven't bloomed yet. Although I have a pile of plant and wildflower identification books there are many species I can't yet identify.
We also got to see a few unusual birds before the trees were completely leafed-out. These included a rose-breasted grosbeak and chestnut-sided warbler. We have two pairs of tree swallows living in nesting boxes that I put up in April. The first nestlings actually fledged today.
I have put up bluebird boxes for the past 25 years without ever getting to see the birds. They came after we had gone to camp for the summer and left before we returned at the end of October. I could tell from the leftover nests what species had used the boxes -- mostly tree swallows but once in awhile bluebirds too. I saw a male bluebird twice this June but I guess he didn't have a mate or just didn't like my nesting box locations.
Brenda had the same experience with flowers. She has planted seeds for decades without ever seeing a single flower until now. We have a hillside of beautiful lupines in front of the house along with a large-flowering vine that we can't identify.
We have many acres of land to mow here and I have been largely thwarted in accomplishing this task by almost daily rains. I have been able to mow the lawn around the house but have only gotten about three-quarters of the fields done and just a tiny bit of the brush that borders our lawn. I haven't done any of the mile of trails on our property.
Brenda and I joined Bow Narrows angler Doug Billings for our first-ever professional baseball game, yesterday. Doug is on his way home from fishing at camp last week and for years has come south through Thunder Bay. We watched the Thunder Bay Border Cats play against the St. Cloud Rox in the Northwoods League. Wow, was that fun! Tonight we are meeting Doug and Dan and Sharon Sharp, also Bow Narrows anglers on their way home, for supper at a restaurant in Thunder Bay which is about 40 minutes from Nolalu. When we say we are "going to town" we mean Thunder Bay.
Brenda and I have also been busy preparing our house for some big construction projects that we were never able to get done during all the winters we lived here. These include pouring a concrete floor in the basement and adding on a sunroom to the side of the house. There's lots to do and it would help if the rain would stop!
I apologize for letting the blog fall to the wayside for awhile but I should be posting things fairly regularly from now on. I'll be concentrating on the natural world. There's no end of subjects there.
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