Day 59 (18 August 2018) - American Robin feathers
This image was photographed at my parent's home in Clinton County. While searching for something to photograph, I found a dead American Robin lying on the ground on a mowed path through the woods. This picture shows some of the feathers on its back and wings, with just a tiny bit of orange from its neck at the bottom left of the image.
Day 60 (19 August 2018) - Woodpecker holes in a birch trunk
This picture was taken at the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy's Hall's Lake Natural Area during a stewardship outing. I noticed this log while searching the woods for Autumn Olive (an invasive species) and went back to photograph it later. These holes were probably originally created by a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Now a Hairy Woodpecker was taking advantage of the easy access to search for insects in the rotting trunk.
Day 61 (20 August 2018) - Goldenrod Soldier Beetles on Rosinweed
This image was taken in our home native pollinator garden. At any given time (especially during late summer) I can find dozens pollinators in our garden. This year, for the first time, I noticed an influx of Goldenrod Soldier Beetles. This mating pair was crawling around on one of the Rosinweed plants. This image has been cropped from a horizontal to a vertical format.
Day 62 (21 August 2018) - Bombus impatiens on Purple Coneflower
I love bees, especially bumble bees! This image of a Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens) was taken at the Forest Hill Nature Area. I cropped the image to a square just because I thought it looked best in this format.
Day 63 (22 August 2018) - Storm clouds
This picture was taken at Chipp-A-Waters Park in Mt. Pleasant late in the day. This image reminds me of the froth created by waves crashing on a beach.
Day 64 (23 August 2018) - Monarch caterpillar
This Monarch (Danaus plexippus) on a Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) was photographed in the field next to the Isabella Conservation District office. On days that I spend a lot of time in the office, sometimes I just need to go outside for a few minutes.
Day 65 (24 August 2018) - Native Pollinator Garden at Winn Elementary