|Since the hummingbird cannot get to the feeder due to the bees, it finds food in Anne's flowers.|
Today our family awoke to bright fog encircling our home and the surrounding area. We now notice that the temperatures are cooling in the mornings and early evenings, another transition to fall.
|Winona in three weeks.|
In driving around the area last night, we saw the first signs of fall by noticing the poplar, cottonwood and maple trees, all beginning to turn.
The birds now are starting to group up, which is another sign of the changing of the seasons. Out on the golf course, early in the morning I see that the geese are starting to gather in larger groups as well. They seem to be saying to one another with all their chatter, “fall is here, fall is here, we must get ready, we must get ready!”
Now with fewer flowers in the area, the hummingbirds are frequenting our two feeders more, and they find themselves competing with the honeybees for the sugar water that we set aside for them. The bees on the other hand, are claiming the feeders by buzzing after the hummingbirds in a race for what they think is a limited amount of sugar.
|Pears ready to harvest.|
In looking down in the grass I see Toby our cat, she sits looking for her friend the chipmunk. (Chippy) as we call it, has not been around the last several days. Toby seems to sense me looking at her and she looks up at me, somehow I sense that she too is wondering where her friend is. I tell her that chippy must be gathering nuts for the long winter ahead and doesn’t have time right now to visit. She then turns away after my explanation and I can see that she longs for something to chase.
|Competing for food.|
This is another day at the Thurmer house and we love being around nature and all of its splendor and mystery. Our children are learning to live with nature and in harmony with its diversity. We feel blessed by God to be able to live alongside his wonderful creation.