A thunder storm came through early this evening with booming thunder that sent the cats scurrying for shelter under the bed. The weather radio now seems to prepare for us the worst with every announcement of 'winds to sixty miles per hour and hail the size of quarters'. None of that was received but being prepared is always best. Of course it was a blessing for it dumped some water on us, not enough but still a blessing.
...of the Hummingbirds. I have always known this as Red Honeysuckle. Some call it Coral Honeysuckle, but the name doesn't matter to the hummingbirds. The sad part of this beautiful story is the photos above were taken a week or so before the 100+ degree heat wave. There are now no blossoms on this beautiful bush and the hummingbirds are having serious battles at the feeding station. Oh, and for those that don't know, there is no fragrance that we can detect from this gorgeous plant.
The Tulip Poplar is casting off it's leaves, waiting for a truly drenching drink from the sky. Showers arrive and depart quickly, barley wetting the leaves and can be weeks apart in their appearance. Corn crops in the region are suffering, farmers are looking to salvage a crop and hoping the rain will fall before all is lost.