Butterflies and the late bloomer

Butterflies on Giant Mexican Sunflowers

A pair of Gulf Fritillary butterflies sample the nectar of one of my Giant Mexican Sunflowers (tithonia diversifolia). The flowers are Fall bloomers and come on after the regular Mexican Sunflowers pretty much go into demise for the Fall and Winter. This morning the low hit 28 degrees bringing the first freeze of the season and I wonder how long these flowers or the butterflies will still be around this year.

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes - 29 Oct 2006The two resident Sandhill Cranes were making a ruckus in the neighbor’s backyard today. I grabbed the iPod and recorder and stepped outside. Listen to what they sounded like flying off. I wish I could have gotten out there without them noticing. The picture is from late October. This is one of the sorts of things I imagined doing when I bought the audio recorder. This was recorded using the built-in stereo microphone.

Sandhill Cranes – 2 Dec 2006