|Still lots of berries as of Saturday|
One fruit season that is over is the cherries. Remember the abundant crop of black cherry growing back on July 17th?
This is all that was left just four days later!
|Just bare stems on July 21|
One season I don't mind seeing come to an end is deer fly season. There are still a few around, but they are waning. And the dry weather seems to have reduced the mosquito and tic population as well; it's a welcome early-start to the bug-free hiking season. We'll see what some rain does to the insect population this coming week.
Deer flies are really nasty critters, just waiting in a sunny spot in the trail, hovering, like a drone in reconnaissance mode, ready to ambush whatever comes along, whether deer or human.
|Deer fly loitering for its next target|
They even look evil.
|This could have been the inspiration for Darth Vader|
In contrast, here is a much nicer hovercraft frequently seen around New Hampshire:
We took a trip to up the coast of Maine this week where we saw many osprey, which made me note that they haven't been around Lake Wicwas much this summer.
|Osprey at Wiscasset, Maine|
I have heard them on occasion so I know they are here, but I haven't seen any yet. Last winter one of their favorite fishing trees - right on an island point with water all around - toppled over.
|Their favorite fishing tree is gone|
I used to have great views of them sitting on this tree, scouting for fish in the lake.
|Wicwas Osprey on its prior favorite look-out|
If you have seen where they are hanging out now that this perch is gone, please let know where they are!
To close out this hot summer month of July (hottest on record, I've heard) how about a fiery summer sunset?