We left earlier than usual for our morning walk, so the light was dim. The sun hadn’t yet reached above the horizon and anyway the sky was fitful with clouds. As we made our way past the second cattle guard, I noticed something white - stark in the dawn light - stuck to one of the barbs on the wire fence that runs along the woods. As I got closer, I could see that it was a handful of soft feathers, white with bands of very pale brown. I looked down and a few more feathers lay just below the fence and then a few more were on the grass directly across the way. My guess is that a barn owl, flying low, brushed just enough against the top wire of the fence that some of its feathers were pulled off.
The western pasture is slowly coming back to life after the departure of the cows, but it is still just a shorn shadow of the wild eastern pasture. However, I noticed that the diminutive and low-growing wild petunia is thriving with its exposure to more sun. It was as if the pasture had been sprinkled with purple.
Two Dark Fisher spiders have taken up residence on the front porch. One in an empty flower pot (he’s currently crouched in a very defensive position), and the other has flattened itself, legs splayed, near the front door. It’s hiding behind some old, empty garden orb egg sacs. We don’t see these large spiders very often so it’s quite a treat to have them around.
An elegant monarch butterfly has been drawn to the tiny white flowers on the oregano I have planted in the front of the house in my “kitchen” herb garden. The oregano has taken over the spot I gave it two years ago (which is a good thing), along with two huge rosemary plants. I wonder if the monarch will visit the flowering dill plant?