Ok, so it wasn't all that long ago when I was complaining that it was too cold.
Or too rainy. But now it's hot and dry and I'm complaining again.
At least we and the dogs have an air conditioned house to relax in. The wildlife doesn't have that luxury. So we decided to help them out. This is the bowl we used when we taught the puppies to eat solid food. The bump in the center is supposed to prevent them from walking thru their food or falling asleep in it. It didn't work. They found a way to get themselves covered with food.
Now it's being used as a water bowl for birds and squirrels. The bump now is an island for birds to stand on.
We bought a new Hummingbird feeder because the squirrels destroyed the old one. They somehow managed to unfasten the wire hanger and throw the feeder onto the ground, breaking it.
Each morning we replenish the water and spread seeds on the deck railing for the birds.
We also fill the feeders, but in this heat, we try to make feeding as easy as possible for the little guys. Of course the squirrels help themselves, too. But they have to eat, too and they really seem to appreciate the cool drink.
In the back yard, one of the few remaining plants is the butterfly bush and it has lots of hungry visitors.
Don't you love his dotted body?
Tiny little, big eyed visitors.
Battle weary Swallowtails missing one tail.
If you biggify this, you'll see a wasp feeding.
My favorites are the blue butterflies.
Tsar says the sun is too bright and it's too hot for a black dog to be outside.
Stay cool everyone and don't forget the thirsty birds, squirrels and butterflies.