The mountains are quite hazy from the heat. This is a shot from our community. With this haze, the Blue Ridge mountains are truly blue.
The katydid chorale starts at twilight and continues throughout the night. They are silent and seldom seen during the day. However, I did see one on the house. They are beautiful things.
The "fall" webworms are back, busily fashioning tents, especially in our sourwood trees. One more insult to the trees in this exceptional drought year.
Here's a close-up of the little buggers.
Birdwatching is pretty much limited to the deck. Deeper in the forest, the birds are more silent, less active, and difficult to see. We have a little water dish on the deck which we refill several times a day with cool water. The birds probably don't care if the water gets warm, but it makes me feel better giving them a cool refreshing drink of water.
This little goldfinch seems to appreciate our trouble.
In spite of my grumbling, there are a few advantages to this weather. My house is cleaner than usual. And I'm getting a lot of reading done. I just finished Joanne Harris's The Girl with no Shadow, a sequel to Chocolat. It's a nice summer read. And I'm getting more done on my knitting projects. Of course, I could do those very things on rainy days. And I am so desperately hoping for some of those...and SOON!