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

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