August is marked in my yard by brown and mostly harvested sunflowers, several generations of Anoles leaping from brown sunflower to green turk's cap, the passion vine I planted this spring reaching above the porch with its first blooms, and Gulf Fritillary Butterflies flitting around sipping nectar from the zinnias while its caterpillar munches a passion vine leaf. Relief washes over me as signs of the end of summer start peaking around the bend; Orion and his dog Canis Major at dawn, the sun waking up a little later, a monarch heading south, gathering Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, the end of summer camp, and the reopening of schools. In Austin, summer weather extends well into September, so I must not get too wistful for lower temperatures, but it gives me pleasure to see hints of a change to come and read the signs of the place I live and love.
Signs I look for in Austin
Spring- Bluebonnets, migrating warblers, planting tomatoes
Summer- Cicadas, hot weather, lizards, mockingbirds, sunflowers
Fall- Colored leaves, pumpkins, sweaters
Winter- Winter ducks, broccoli, warm drinks and soup
What signs do you look for in your yard, or area? What animal or plant says summer or winter?
|Our second passion vine flower!|
|Passion vine growing on the porch|
|A Gulf Fritillary Butterfly flying next to the bloom|
|Gulf Fritillary on a Zinna|
|Green Anole hunting for insects|
|Antro and I in the Colorado River, sitting on a submerged log.|
It was the first time Antro went swimming. Silly wouldn't get in the water.