Spent time at a friend's house near Skunks Misery... truly, truly my happy place whenever I am in nature. Magnificent afternoon! Thanks Ann!
Not sure what was going on this morning, but this helicopter flew low overhead 7 times to the north and 6 times back toward the south. The 7th return flight was a fair bit to the west of the house. Maybe he got tired of me filming his continuous flights. It was loud, so it was hard to miss! It's also a little disconcerting when you have a repeated low flying helicopter over you.
Well, I learned something new today! My daughter noticed these in our field today and did some research. Apparently corn smut (huitlacoche) is considered a delicacy in Mexico and Central America. There is even a molecular biologist researching huitlacoche at Trent University (Google Barry Saville or 'corn smut' to check it out yourself).
Said to sell for $8 to $16 per ear! You can even buy it canned on Amazon.
Researched recipes for supper .... We discovered it's a sensational food! Corn truffles!! Very tasty! Texture was like ordinary mushrooms. We sautéed some onion and one clove of chopped garlic with them, then added cream to make a corn truffle sauce for T-bone steak. Added Caesar salad and supper is ready. 😋
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Today has been an ever switching sky of sunshine and thunderstorms. Some have been noisy, but light rain. Others were full force winds with heavy downpours. All of it lead to a small creek running through the lower, ditch area in front of the house. No amount of rain was keeping the hummingbirds from enjoying the feeders! It has been absolutely beautiful to watch the forces of nature.
After some small delays, the elevator is in!!
Now everybody will be able to get to the entertainment area (and 85" TV) in the lower level.
There is always something new to discover and enjoy. Well, the sight of this was enjoyed, but not knowing exactly what type of fungus it is, it was not eaten! Yes, all mushrooms can be eaten, but is this the one that can only be eaten once?? No one here was about to test this theory. We'll just enjoy looking at it and taking photos. It surely is a very curious growth.
These little 'cats' are the offspring of Monarch Butterflies that made it through the migration from Mexico to Canada (or the butterflies that were hatched along the way). It's exciting to see them in the garden. This milkweed (Asclepias syriaca, commonly called common milkweed, butterfly flower, silkweed, silky swallow-wort, and Virginia silkweed) is growing in the front garden.
You can learn all about the Monarch Butterfly and their caterpillars at the Canadian Wildlife Federation website.
As a side note, it's also nice that milkweed has an absolutely intoxicating scent. Why are there not milkweed perfumes? Maybe that's another thing that we will need to try to make here at Bentpath Getaway?
“The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.”
On this eve, the Moon, in a Waxing Gibbous phase was definitely very present for any lonesome person to talk to. In this part of it's phase, it's approximately 92% illuminated, but not yet a Full Moon according to Moon Giant. For a moon that is not considered fully illuminated, it sure was bright. In most of the photos that we took, it looked almost looked like photos of the sun and makes the term "midnight sun" very understandable. The clouds also gave it a sundog look. Surreal is how it was.
At first sight, these two seem to be uncaring of the other's presence, but that was short lived. The Chipping Sparrow has its nest in the bush right there and wants the chipmunk (aka Mr. Chipper) no where near this bush or railing! It was quite entertaining watching as the sparrow chirped at the chipmunk and jumped toward it to show its displeasure. Eventually, the sparrow jumped on the chipmunk to let it know that it had come too close to the nesting area. Mr. Chipper finally got the message and high-tailed it out of there.
You can learn more about the Chipping Sparrow at the Cornell Labs website, including hearing their calls. To learn more about Chipmunks, you can visit the Hinterland Who's Who site.