I took these photos way back in early July, when the weather was unseasonably comfortable. My daughter and I would wait in front of our home each morning for her carpool to theater camp, and one morning we had fun photographing a catbird.
This morning as my daughter and I walked to her camp (she now goes to one in walking distance) we discussed pets. That is, she again inquired if she could have a guinea pig. Or a rabbit. Or a dog. There are many reasons we will not be getting a pet, one of them being I like animals, and I think it would be cruel for me to own one and forget to feed it. So I came up with an alternative solution: if we set up a bird feeder in our backyard, maybe she could enjoy all the birds that come to visit?
So I am wondering if you have bird feeder suggestions. We don’t have a large tree in our backyard, just large bushes that are almost trees. Where would I put it?
Oh, and all I can say about nature today is that it is too hot and humid for me to go outside. My tomato plants, so vigorous in early July, are producing tomatoes but also producing spotty, unhealthy leaves. True birdwatching will have to wait for cooler weather.
Update: My daughter’s end of summer camp newsletter reports that in twenty years she will own an animal shelter.