Yesterday began in an unusual way. I got a phone call from my mom, who (the night before) put my freshly-baked zucchini bread in a tupperware container…. in the oven (for safekeeping apparently). She would kill me if she knew I was telling this story. Sorry, mom! The next morning (yesterday), she went to preheat the oven and OOPS. Her phone call began with ‘there’s been a big catastrophe’. I’m thinking injury, fire, death… thank goodness it was just an oven full of melted plastic and a stinky house.
The ‘catastrophe’ kickstarted a day full of nature and time spent outdoors that otherwise wouldn’t have happened. This is a good thing (mostly). I drove over there with a fan to help air the house out. When I got there, they were sitting out on the back deck. A giant green caterpillar had dropped down from a tree right in front of them and my mom stuck it in my nephew’s bug container. We did a little research and figured out that it would become a polyphemus moth. In the meantime, out of the corner of my eye I saw something furry by the edge of the house. Sadly, it was a dead young fox. No signs of trauma, so it must have been sick or poisoned. I began to dig a hole in the back corner of the woods, but quickly realized that there’s a reason they tell you to call before you dig. So, before any damage was done, I scrapped that idea and took it out to the park where I work. I rarely get the chance to stop and truly enjoy my surroundings while I’m working, so I took a few minutes along the edge of the prairie and snapped some photos.
Common wood nymph flittering about in an itty bitty oak tree
Gray-headed coneflowers swaying in the warm breeze
Busy female widow skimmer (dragonfly)
A little tangent… yesterday would have been my pup’s 15th birthday. I looked at photos to reminisce, and was happy to also stumble across this tiny video from several years ago —
If Orpheus were to narrate this, it would go something like this: ‘I can only play for a second mom, somebody in the kitchen has FOOD!’
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!