The flowers have moved into their summer phase, with the Irises and Sheep Laurel blooming around the shoreline.
The aquatic plants are fully established now as well. I could clearly see beaver highways through the marshes, their routes divulged by the absence of lily pads where they travel. The center route here leads to their lodge, and at the junction, paths lead both north and south to open water in the lake.
I came upon a few more interesting insects this week, including a Crane Fly which had landed right on our door. These are really neat flies, scary looking, but completely harmless - unless you are a mosquito larva upon which they sometimes feed.
They certainly give credence to the moniker of bug-eyed.
This fuzzy moth was resting and munching on a blueberry plant - I don't know what kind it is, but it looks fairly unique.
There are probably dozens of nondescript, whitish-brown moths that I couldn't hope to identify, but this cool caterpillar is so unique it was easy - it is a pyreferra citrombra.
|pyreferra citrombra Caterpillar|
And, we heard a report that the loons have selected a nesting site. Pending good weather, steady water levels, no predators, and a lack of human harassment, and Lake Wicwas may add to the loon population in 2014!
We took a drive up to Sugar Hill to see how the Lupine's are doing this year - and maybe to stop in at Polly's Pancake Parlor.... The primary fields are not as impressive as other years, but we found some nice blooms around Pearl Lake.
On the return trip we drove by the Franconia Airport and found the gliders were enjoying the brisk winds. We stayed to watch a full cycle of one of the larger gliders.
A local pilot we spoke with had just landed and said the strong winds were making for very bumpy flying.
The weekend concluded with a lovely, summer solstice sunset - as far north as it ever sets. Today gave us 15 hours and 32 minutes of sun!