Even though the days are warm, autumn’s in the air earlier this year than we’ve been accustomed to. Shadows are lengthening, nights grow chilly and homes are just that little bit darker, that little bit sooner. But for now, everyone is soaking in these late summer days of ease. The days are buzzing with bees and nights humming with frogs and crickets.
I realize some folks may not appreciate seeing this lovely, harmless orb weaver, but I’m always thrilled at the first sighting as they are a sure sign of autumn. We don’t usually see them here until October. And this one is perfectly camouflaged in the tomato patch:
The pollinators are finally out in swarms:
When I went to check on the seven this afternoon I was so delighted to see them all melted together in a big group grooming session. Jamie isn’t always one to groom with her chimp friends and when she does she will often disengage upon sight of the humans. When she saw me she started to head my way and then she paused, ultimately choosing to stick with her friend Foxie. As much as we love spending time with the chimps, it fills our hearts to see them bonding with one another.
Foxie and Jody:
Foxie and Jamie:
Burrito and Missy:
I didn’t get a chance to get photos of Honey B, Mave and Willy B’s summer happenings today, but they’ve been busy enjoying sun-filled views and lots of play with their caregivers today.