The lovely, mild September days were disrupted by showers of heavy rain and strong winds today, though it it is still warm. During the past couple of weeks, we have been trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible while daylight hours still extend past dinnertime. Other creatures have been enjoying the sunshine with us too. Mischief Maker crawled on his belly to take photos of this beautiful red-tailed hawk who sat with us for a long while. Every once in a while, it would turn its head to look at the boy commando-crawling closer in the grass. For the most part, it seemed to enjoy the gentle warm breeze while it looked for lunch.
As I was downloading photos from the camera, I found this one. I don't know which child is holding the grasshopper since neither is as squeamish as I am. The child who took the photo seems to handle a camera quite well too. If I get past the ickiness of bugs, I can see why they found this one so striking.
Little rabbits and groundhogs and other creatures visit or live in the yard as well. Once in a while, deer, turtles, frogs, and even a slinky fisher stop by. It's all a treat and happy reminder of summer days which flew by too quickly.