Jul. 1, 2015 – Wineberries have ripened to a rich red. Resembling raspberries,  they are a treat for humans and animals alike. But things are not always what they seem.

The cherry-like fruit of Tartarian Honeysuckle (below) looks luscious but is toxic to humans.  So, avoid the temptation to eat wild berries, even if you see animals eating them, unless you have experience with identifying them.




A close look at an innocent-looking daisy reveals that it has two tiny, fierce-looking visitors.




Fleabane’s dainty flowers are much smaller than the daisy’s but more numerous.




Beside the road to the beaver pond, a Chipping Sparrow forages for insects and fallen seeds.




At the pond’s edge, a blue dragonfly rests on a branch with a prized water view.




A Red-eared Slider rests on a log where he warms himself in the sun.  A second turtle pokes its head out of the water to see if there is room for one more.




Above it all, a Red-tailed Hawk circles in the blue sky and shrieks kee-eeeee-arr!