But not this budding "Hello Yellow" blackberry lily...maybe the flower will be lucky enough to come out on a day when the car thermometer doesn't indicate that it's 108 degrees outside. I don't think it was really that hot today, more like the lobby level waiting area to get into hell, but not the actual temperature of hell....I don't think...
But the daylilies seemed to be thriving...probably because they were so near the creek.
That was the place to be on a fever hot day like today. I saw my first little box turtle...
...who was NOT too happy to have a camera shoved in her face.
These two butterflies looked so pretty sharing their feelers for each other.......until I noticed that they were also sharing a meal of bird poop. :-p
And above the creek was a good place for a water snake to take a nap because in the creek below, just too many dogs. Way too many dogs.
It's a wheel bug, a type of assassin bug (an even better name). The name comes from the wheel-like thing sticking out of its back but this bug also had some mighty big fenders. He was also mighty big!
He obliged me with some good shots and then slowly turned and crawled away....which was a good thing because I found out later that these bugs have a very nasty sting.
You know how you see people mowing their lawns or jogging when it is so darn hot outside and you wonder what the heck is wrong with them? I think I'm in that group now. Dangerous temperatures and yet I still run out to Kansas with my camera to watch, as Rie puts it, my own PBS nature show.