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Archive for August, 2013

Ok I promise this will be the last…

….birdbath photo of the year. It’s just that we don’t see many Orioles here in Minnesota. Yup that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


A butterfly’s dream

These oft visited verbena are a Black Swallowtail’s dream providing dozens of tiny nectar filled flowers without the need for much flight time.

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Sun shower

This male Blue Jay creates his own version of a sun shower while trying to get all the nooks and crannies wet and cool on a hot August day.

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Long in the tooth

This old beaver now long in the tooth (literally) stays in the lake where it’s safe from the local black bear population. With only pine and oak remaining along the shoreline of this tiny lake, he seems content eating the shoreline shrubs and lily pad roots.

old beaver

Making hay

This landowner took that sage old advice of making hay while the sun shines. I noticed others doing the same maybe hoping to get another yield yet this summer.

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