Archive for September, 2014

Although we normally have large numbers of monarch butterflies coming through our area starting in mid- to late-August last year we had very few. I was concerned that we might have even fewer given the loud noise and clouds of dust that have been one of the primary features of Maple Bluff during all of the ongoing construction. Wrongo (no need to check your dictionary, it is a made up word meaning I was totally wrong). There are many more monarchs than there were last year  and while I can’t say I’ve seen a lot of them during the heaviest phases of construction, it may well be that they were there while I was paying attention to the construction activities.  Here are a few shots of recent monarch activity.

This monarch butterfly is flying right next to our ongoing street  s

This monarch is flying right next to our ongoing construction

 

As I was writing this it dawned on me that the flowers had not been quite so bright this year and perhaps a coating of dust had something to do with that (at least between rains).

The dust may have helped to make more muted  pastels.

Dust or not, the monarchs’ appetites remain good.

Monarch in front garden - August 25, 2014 - 0014-2

 

 

 

The construction work proceeds and real progress is seen.

The infrastructure of our street in Maple Bluff has been undergoing construction for months now. The work has proceeded in fits and starts and all in all much more slowly than anticipated. It has made life rather inconvenient from time to time.  Still, I find the whole process fascinating. Part of it is probably due to the lure of the construction equipment — the big dump trucks, the excavators, the bulldozers — and the work they do. In the following photos I have tried to capture some of what has been happening during the work that has been going on here as well as some of my interest in the equipment itself. I will be posting a few construction photo galleries