Good morning everyone! It’s a nice wet morning here at Steve’s Country, we had about 3/4 of an inch (18mm) of rain overnight. Most of that came from one big thunderstorm that was lighting up the night sky with an amazing amount of lightning. And that thunder was really booming, made me jump a couple of times. Hopefully it won’t start more fires, but they usually do. Thunderstorms are generally not widespread enough to soak all areas and most lightning in a storm is around the edge apparently, where there is also the least amount of rain. And in dry years like this one that means fires get started by those lightning strikes. One of those lightning strikes was very close by and the thunder really shook my apartment. Hopefully some of those fires got this rain too. The largest fire is now 495,859 acres in size. The cooler weather and some rain has slowed the movement of the fires.
Speaking of chipmunks, well, there’s much else to talk about these days so I hope you don’t get tired of these cute little critters. Anyway, they have been very busy this morning. I put out their food and it was less than a minute and every chipmunk was out there trying to get their share. I divided it into two piles today, but that wasn’t enough, so this next time I will make four piles so they all have a better chance to get at the peanuts, and sunflower seeds. There, that’s working better, now they can actually get 4 of them at a time out there.
Hopefully when we get a sunny morning again I will be able to get some pictures of this new way to feed these little critters. Well, it’s not really a new way, just slightly different. All 9 of them were out here at one time this morning, they were running around, chasing each other, it was difficult to keep track of them all. Yesterday, coming home from shopping there were two fawns eating grass beside our cemetery. I was able to get some nice pics of them. They looked so cute munching away at the nice grass, a deer’s favorite food. They were not scared to have me there taking pictures of them, which is normal around here.
In the afternoon I was out trying to get pics of bees again, without success, but while I was trying to get one bee, I felt something touching my elbow. I looked down to see this huge wasp/hornet on the flower right next to my elbow. As he moved around he touched me. Fantastic! I focused in on this one instead and got a couple nice pics of it before it flew away. This thing was more than an inch (about 3cm) long. I wouldn’t want to get stung by that critter. Unfortunately you can’t really see just how big it is in the pictures. I’ll have to see if I can identify this one. I have lots of others to identify as well. Then I can start showing them. Identification is not always easy. Oh well. I hope you all have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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