A little wear and tear

A meadow fritillary butterflyA meadow fritillary butterfly

As the summer days wane, some of the butterflies appear a little worse for the wear with faded colors and tattered wings.


A red-spotted purple butterfly

But they continue to go about their business feeding on and pollinating flowers.


A white-m hairstreak butterfly


An eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly

A praying mantis was spotted on a trip through the neighbor’s field.


A praying mantis

A barred owl was photographed. Unfortunately, it was dark enough to need the flash and the owl’s eyes turned red.


A barred owl

Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds website said the owl’s hooting call “‘Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?’ is a classic sound of old forests and treed swamps.”

The site said the owls roost quietly in the trees during the day and sometimes can be heard calling in the daylight hours.

According to All About Birds, the owls “live in large, mature forests made up of both deciduous trees and evergreens, often near water. They nest in tree cavities.”

Crazy Critters


Kyle enjoys grazing on some wildflowers.

(A Walk in the Woods contains photos from newsroom staffer Anna Applegate’s daily jaunts around her neck of the woods. Tagging along on the treks are dogs, Buford, Sherman and Sadie, and goats, Kyle and Kennedy. Applegate manages the Good Times and can be emailed at bigdogs.thederrick@gmail.com)