Saturday through Monday, October 22-31, 2022—The Groundhog Days of Fall

Nothing unusual has happened this “reporting” period, and that’s generally a good thing. We continue with everyday life, playing pickleball and golf. Fall this year has been really nice, weather wise, and reminds us of the falls of our childhood when everything was near perfect. Kay did travel to Kansas to reconnect with a couple of ladies with whom she worked, and they had a really good time; friends are priceless.

Corliss, Phyllis, and Kay

The next couple of months will be busy with some more short trips, decorating for the Christmas holidays (yes, it’s near that time again), gift shopping and wrapping, food preparation, and coping with the rushed and frenzied life that accompanies the holidays—and the depression and coping that many people experience.

A few butterflies are still flitting about, and these were photographed in our back yard on October 23.

Sachem Skipper
Gulf Fritillary
Clouded Skipper
Gulf Fritillary, profile view
Clouded SKipper
Gulf Fritillary
Sachem Skipper

Saturday through Friday, October 15-21, 2022—Shivering Cold

It proved to be another ho hum week, but busy nevertheless. Kay attended the Pickleball Sisters tournament in Hot Springs Village on Saturday while I continued helping friend, Dan, consolidate and organize his thousands of photos. The afternoon proved to be a great day for photographing butterflies in the backyard.

It began to lightly rain on Sunday, and continued raining after church until late afternoon, proving to be a great day for enjoying being inside. Kay had choir practice early Monday morning and dental hygiene work later. I attended a church council meeting, followed by golf. It was the first time in several months that we had “cart path only” on several holes. While our day doesn’t sound like much, it proved to be a full day for us. And, by the way, we still had a couple of hummingbirds nectaring at the feeder on their way south.

Last of our 2022 hummingbirds
Another migrating bird?

Tuesday was pickleball day for Kay while I played golf with the church guys’ scramble. Our team, with Okie and Ben, won, but more importantly had a really good time. A chilling cold front arrived Tuesday evening, bringing frigid temperatures and a light frost, the earliest in recent memory. On Wednesday morning, Kay had “table starter” duties for the Duffers Ladies’ Golf, but because of the cold temperatures, there were so many cancellations and no shows that no golf was played—a wasted morning for her. I continued helping Dan with his photo organization, and we both made airline reservations for an upcoming international photography trip. And fortunately, it began warming on Wednesday afternoon. We both played pickleball Thursday morning at Diamante, and it was another of those days when all the games were close and enjoyable.

Kay had some personal care appointments Friday morning, and went to a Christmas bazaar Friday afternoon. Dan and I made a quick trip to the William Kirsch Preserve in west Little Rock, and hit the motherlode with the best butterfly photography day of the year, and just inside the gate. It was so good that I was giddy. What a way to begin the weekend!

Pearl Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Common Checkered-skipper
Common Buckeye
Orange Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Checkered White
Eastern Tailed-blue
Variegated Fritillary

Saturday through Friday, October 8-14, 2022—Family Time

Photographing a wedding is a nerve racking job; the resulting photos will be precious to the bride and groom for the rest of their lives. Consequently, there is little room for error. Diana Ramirez, a beautiful young Columbian lady asked me to photograph her wedding; she married our (Kay’s) grandson tonight, Saturday. It has been over 40 years since I last photographed a wedding! And this one was late afternoon and early evening, necessitating a flash. Consequently, I spent the days leading up to the wedding watching YouTube videos on flash and wedding photography. Because the bride had enlisted in the US Air Force and was to begin basic training on Tuesday, I quickly post processed the 400+ photos after church on Sunday, and forwarded some 150+ pictures to the bride. The “shoot” turned out well.

Kay and the groom
The groom and bride

We resumed our “normal” activities Sunday afternoon, playing pickleball with the Diamante group, and bridge with the Morrises Sunday evening. We both were busy with social commitments and golf on Monday, pickleball and golf on Tuesday, and pickleball and golf again on Wednesday. I did manage to photograph a few yard subjects Monday morning, including a few butterflies.

Cloudless Sulphur
Fiery Skipper
Clouded Skipper

A wildflower was still blooming, and the persimmons are almost ripe.

Arrowhead Plant
Persimmons

I took advantage of the warm weather Thursday morning to photograph a Sachem Skipper butterfly in the back yard.

Female Sachem Skipper

Kay attended The Book Club monthly meeting in North Little Rock on Thursday after which we drove to Memphis to celebrate Jenny’s birthday (and of course love on the grandkids).

“Pretty Boy” Linc
Smiling, but shy Sutton

Friday was Grandparents’ Day at Harper’s school, First Assembly Christian School, and we immensely enjoyed their program honoring veterans.

Harper opened the program
Honoring veterans
Kay, Harper, and Donald

We returned home Friday afternoon, a bit exhausted by all the comings and goings, but elated over having seen Jenny and her family.

Saturday through Friday, October 1-7, 2022—Life is Good, but Busy

October issued in cooler temperatures, and the days and nights feel heavenly. Kay and I have enjoyed keeping busy (though sometimes it’s a bit too much) with pickleball, golf, grandkids’ soccer, and social activities with a few medical appointments thrown in for good measure. Consequently, there’s not much to report from the Dunns.

We did host a potluck for past and present Arizona snowbirds from Hot Springs Village on Sunday, October 2. With a couple dozen folks attending, we really enjoyed the food and fellowship. I smoked a couple Boston Butts for Memphis-style pulled pork, and everyone seemingly enjoyed it.

And, I finally matted and framed a photograph of an American Anoe to accompany the Tree Frog photograph in the master bathroom.

Perhaps it was the cooler temperatures, but we have had an abundance of butterflies and birds, though still significantly below past years’ numbers. One big surprise was the presence of a relatively rare Ocola Skipper. Still, they made for good photo subjects.

These were made Thursday, October 1. Note the relatively rare Ocola Skipper.

Northern Brokendash
Mexican Primrose-yellow wildflower
Clouded Skipper

Ocola Skipper

While looking for subjects to photograph out in the back yard, it became obvious that we had more butterflies, both in number of species and in shear numbers, pollinating than any other time this year—near heaven for a butterfly chaser.

Clouded Skipper
Sleepy Orange
Fiery Skipper
Variegated Fritillary
Sachem Skipper (female)
Southern Dogface (?)

And then on Tuesday, October 4, birds flew in to enjoy the cooler temperatures.

Eastern Bluebird
Pine Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadee

We still have a few hummingbirds fighting over the homemade nectar.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird