Advanced age has now limited how much time that we can be outside working in our gardens. Native animals have always explored our ground but with our absence now really feel that this ground is theirs. The doe dropped her twin fawns close to the stone wall directly in front of the house. Her instructions to them were stay where you are. We did not disturb them since their muscles needed time to firm up to the point where they could walk without injuring themselves. This morning as I was walking toward the shed Mom and one of the twins held their ground as I drew near. There were no hoof stabs into the ground or snorts directed my way. Comfortable with my advancing presence, they joined the other twin and simply walked down the driveway. More than one fox is commonly seen here. Perhaps their level of comfort is overstated by this deposit of the remains of a wild blueberry meal placed directly outside of our front door.
This huge fearsome spider has found a place to lay her eggs in our gardens for many years. Our wire fences provide an airy anchorage where generous meals, like the one just beneath her, are common. Many years ago, I was describing this frightening insect in the faculty room at school. The science teacher was interested in adding a mounted specimen to his collection. He made a home visit with his killing jar in his hand. He sized up his intended victim for some time. A stealthy approach was underway when the spider suddenly dropped to the ground with lightning speed. The teacher was mostly airborne as he quickly exited the garden. Fast and ferocious is a powerful combination.
We placed a large planting of this purple Monarda directly behind our bench in the shade garden down by the road. Humming bird moths are fond of feeding on this plant and they are not troubled by our nearby presence. That large yellow and black colored mass in the upper left of the picture is actively feeding. Their wings are mostly transparent while those two black stabilizers clearly stand out. Once again we have an insect that has no reaction to our presence.