I opted for color in the rain

11 October, 2020 I opted for color in the rain

Backyard (our backyard) zinnia from Thursday:
Backyard rose. It belongs on a magazine cover.
Yet another zinnia from our backyard this week. Thank you Evelyn!

So much color this week! But I also saw not one but two pairs of Red-tailed hawks. Again! I opted not to open with them because they’re not super bright (colored). But, as you’re aware (unless this is your first time on this blog), I have an ongoing fascination (not to say obsession) with Red-tailed hawks. And this year I’m seeing more pairs than I’ve ever seen. I think it’s just increased awareness. 

Neighborhood Red-tails watching for breakfast
My second pair of Red-tails this week! Bryan Park! Today!

I’ve been fascinated with raptors since at least high school and probably earlier. But my current level of interest didn’t begin in earnest until 2015 when I realized a pair lived within two blocks of my house. Now they just seem to appear in front of me. 

It didn’t occur to me until this year – after five years of this – that the only time  you’ll see a pair together is when the nest is entirely empty. I realize now if there is an egg or an unfledged juvenile at the nest, one adult will always stay. Probably to guard against crows but also raccoons. Mid-July was when I saw my first pair of Red-tails together this year. That makes sense timing wise for youngsters to have fledged. 

Still two chrysalises in our front yard. Here’s one of them:

We still have two Monarch Butterfly chrysalises on the bush in front of our house. Presumably at some point as a chrysalis-watcher we shrug and say “No luck this year – hopefully in 2021.” But I’m not convinced we’re at that point yet. Watch this space next week. If a butterfly hasn’t emerged from the chrysalis by that time, the odds are slim. We’ll see. 

We didn’t go to the river this morning; it was too messy out. But Mackey and Turner and I caught a break in the rain and went over to Bryan Park. It was still damp and gray but the temperature was balmy and we had a nice hike. We took a break in the woods mid-hike: 

Mackey and Turner at Bryan Park today. It smells MUCH different from the river.

Oops! I had all these gorgeous flowers from our yard. But Ev and I went to the Fan Wednesday (10/7) to pick up some food from our favorite restaurant (don’t tell the other restaurants) Fresca on Addison. It’s our favorite restaurant twelve months a year, but as an added bonus – as if we needed one – these gardenias bloom in profusion along the sidewalk. Like magic!: 

Gardenia growing by the SIDEWALK in the Fan!

Come back next week! Enjoy the coming week! All best, 


About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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1 Response to I opted for color in the rain

  1. Elizabeth Adams says:

    Love getting your posts. Evelyn’s flowers are always beautiful. Liz

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