Early August 2016

Landscaping Sample

Landscaping Sample

Zebra Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail

Wood ear mushrooms

Wood ear mushrooms

I was so tempted to cook these up; I read up on them and they are very nutritious; fiber, protein, help lower cholesterol yadda yadda the list goes on. But still kinda freaked out by the prospect of eating wild mushrooms. If I did though, I think these would be the first kind I would eat because it seems there are no poisonous lookalikes (that I know of anyway!).

Another time.

Another time.

Like this sort of mushroom; way scary because SOOooo many varieties look like this.

This sort of mushroom; way scary; because SOOooo many varieties look like this.

This zinnea looks like candy!

This zinnea looks like candy!

Braid

Braid

Turtle

Turtle; love the polka dots on his legs!

There are tons (like 15 at any given time of day) of black zebra swallowtails. But haven't seen any monarchs yet this year.

There are tons (like 15 at any given time of day) of black zebra swallowtails on the milkweed. But haven’t seen any monarchs yet this year.

This photo reminds me of a fabric print

This photo reminds me of a fabric print

Mimosa Tree; I just love those little hot pink puffs!

Mimosa Tree; I just love those little hot pink puffs!

Wasps

Wasps

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Eno hammocks are seriously the best things ever!

Eno hammocks are seriously the best things ever!

Hanging upside down

Hanging upside down

She does lots of tricks with the Eno! (sometimes in her underwear- ha!)

She does lots of tricks with the Eno! (sometimes in her underwear- ha!)

A few echinacea continue to bloom (and some are already spent)

A few echinacea continue to bloom (and some are already spent)

Making a necklace for Nana's birthday! She is really into beading lately.

Making a necklace for Nana’s birthday! She is really into beading lately.

Celosia

Celosia

Love staring up at the trees (from the Eno hammock!)

Love staring up at the trees (from the Eno hammock!)

More butterflies

More butterflies

Geese

Geese

Spiky

Spiky

Aaaaaannd…

Football!

Football!

I can finally understand what all the excitement is about. I pretty much know zero about it, but Smoochie played (and is coaching his team now!) and I went to one of the practices and it was all very exciting. I can really understand wanting to slam into someone; it seems quite satisfying. HAhaha

The junior lancers practice and play at the highschool (which adds to the excitement!)

The junior lancers practice and play at the highschool (which adds to the excitement!)

Very hot, so only pads for part of the practice today!

Very hot, so only pads for part of the practice today!

Baby sneaking off with a pad-thingy (I believe that's the official term) haha

Baby sneaking off with a pad-thingy (I believe that’s the official term) haha

I'm sure this thingy also has a name

I’m sure this thingy also has a name

Looking good

Looking good…

#7

#7

8 thoughts on “Early August 2016

  1. Eliza Waters

    Great summery shots – it looks pretty hot there! Love the butterfly photo where you captured all four wings – not the usual shot. The hibiscus is lovely. And you did a great job on the elaborate braid.
    I expect school is not far off? Summer is way too short, isn’t it?

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Yes; very hot! Though we did just get a break from the heat and now it is quite nice. Soon fall! Yes, back to school next week! Fall is our favorite though so a short summer is ok with us;) And summer is certainly shorter in Connecticut!

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  2. narf7

    Wood ear fungus are delicious. I buy the dried variety from an Asian supermarket when I am in the city. They add a delicious crunch to veggie dishes and to Chinese food. Give them a go if you are sure there are no poisonous look-alikes in sight. Nana is very lucky! I love that neclace combination. SO much going on in your neck of the woods. I have retreated to the comfort of the warm house for the duration of winter. We have given up trying to fight the damp for control. Just let it go and eventually it will dry up. We are just going to have to keep an eye on it as I am sure it will dry up to a nice fine ceramic texture in summer and we won’t be able to dig it so there is a very fine line between winter and summer in these parts ;)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      SO WANT TO EAT THOSE MUSHROOMS! But I am going to wait and try and find a real life person to confirm them (rather rely only on internet pictures/descriptions). I need a best friend who specializes in definitive mushroom ID. Haha Because I, like you, LOVE mushrooms; YUM! I’m pretty sure my grocery has them (I usually opt for the cheap “regular” kind) but will have to spring for the wood ears to try them out in the meantime.

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      1. narf7

        I found out that those glorious turkey fungus thingos are actually able to be used to brew and flavour native beers as well as being used extensively in Chinese medicine. Fungus is the new black (if you eat the wrong ones, that’s about all you are going to see for the duration ;) )

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