Summer will be over soon. I find it impossible to get good shots of butterflies. Can you spot the butterfly above? It moved just as I snapped the photo and the camera focused on the white flowers of the chives and the butterfly bush is out of focus. (The lavender and purple flowers are on the same butterfly bush, it is just that the lavender color flower is in strong hot Georgia sunlight!)
In this heat, it has been important for us to keep fresh water for the birds. These are just plastic dishes (they are really the bottoms to flower pots!) but the birds love them. The birds pictured here are brown thrashers and I have written about them before, the brown thrasher is the state bird of Georgia. The one on the right is a youngster, you can see the feathers are not the chestnut brown they will be as an adult. And look at the size! It is funny to see them bathe in this tiny dish!
The southern part of our county (where we live) is in an extreme drought. At my Dad's house, he has had a lot more rain! They will get downpours and then, the sun will come out and you would never know it had rained! (Still hot though!)Yes, I know you are thinking to yourself, "Kay, don't you ever get tired of taking photos of sunflowers?" My answer? Never! This photo was taken in July, and all the sunflowers have since gone to seed and the birds have had a "field" day! HA!
You know my Dad cut some of these sunflower seed heads for me to take home for my birds!
Besides walking up Stone Mountain, we also like to walk on the trails beside Stone Mountain Lake. The shade is most welcome.
We also do some hikes on the trails at Panola Mountain and we aim for the shady areas. We found someone else who enjoyed it too and he was taking it very easy!
Not forgetting the wonderful Arabia Mountain, of course! I never tire of it!