If you have been following my latest posts you already know that we have been visiting family in Mississippi this past week. I thought I would share some more of the beautiful flora and fauna we have seen during our stay at my in-laws farm.
This is the view of the 2.5 acre pond from where I sit on a swing each morning with coffee in hand contemplating the day ahead while listening to the birds sing. It is also a lovely place to take a nap in the late afternoon heat or relax in the evening and listen to the chorus of frogs and crickets.
As the day heats up I like to watch the turtles climb out of the water to sun themselves
and the dragonflies swooping about the pond catching mosquitoes and gnats.
When they stop ever so briefly one can see their wings glistening in the sun.
Small green geckos scurry around the dock catching insects.
Whilst this little green tree frog prefers to hide in one of the fold-up chairs
A morning walk through my in-laws (zone 8) garden is always rewarded with some fantastic blooms. They have a nice mix of gladiolas.
This is an heirloom variety. The fiery combination of orange and yellow seems very appropriate for this 95+ degree weather we are having.
Daylilies are found all along the edge of the pond putting on a prolific show each day.
Surprisingly this hydrangea is flourishing in a rather sunny location next to the pond and near some old wood. The access to a constant water source certainly helps it flourish.
Of course it wouldn't be summer without the skippers around, fluttering from one bloom to the next.
There is an abundance of birds including cardinals, bluebirds, mockingbirds, indigo buntings, woodpeckers, eastern kingbirds among others but they have been difficult to photograph. There is an assortment of birdhouses around the farm for the birds handcrafted by my talented father-in-law. This is one of my favorites.
This spectacular double rainbow which appeared after a day of much needed rain storms was a special treat.
But the most spectacular blooms are those of the hibiscus. I will prepare a separate post for these magnificent blooms.