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August photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies

Aug 18 2017 -
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It is no secret for those of you have been following along here with me that August is my very favorite month. Every year I just can’t help but write a post about it. August is the month Joe first drove up my driveway, the month of his birthday and it has always been my favorite month to live in northern Minnesota. It is usually hot, dry and, truly, the dog days of summer here. August is accompanied by the starting fade of daylight (being this far north it becomes obvious this time of year that winter is REALLY coming) the shorter days are usually accompanied by cooler nights and long afternoon shadows.

August photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern Minnesota
August photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern Minnesota

Here on the farm this August we are seeing the gorgeous colors of my Grandma’s tiger lilies that I transplanted last year taking the place of our poppies as they finished their own blooms. I am always so stunned by them, they are such a lovely, unique flower!

August photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern Minnesota

Over on my sidebar you can find a link to the Monarch foundation, last year I donated $30 and they sent me a whole bag of seeds! I filled up one section of our flower garden with them and we enjoyed watching the milk weed fill in. I had thought that we wouldn’t yet see monarch caterpillars until the plants were a couple of years older and more mature. Boy am I delighted to be wrong! I sure hope I find one of their cocoons to take pictures of too!

August photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern Minnesota
August photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern Minnesota

With a dry July leading up to August we found some uninvited guests swimming around our horse’s water tank. At first I panicked because there were hundreds (if not thousands) of them until I realized what we were raising: Tad poles! Some mama tree frog just couldn’t find a good enough water hole and decided that our stock tank was the best she could do! Coincidentally I had mentioned to Joe that I wanted to try adding fish to the tank to help keep it clean this summer. Nature must have been listening 🙂 There are literally hundreds of tad poles going through their many changes to adult-hood and they have, most awesomely, kept the tank really clean over the last couple of months.

August photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern Minnesota

A couple of searches on line confirmed that tad poles in stock tanks is not unheard of (especially in dry years) and they don’t pose any threat to our horses at all. The Midwest (including us) has been seeing a really disappointing cold snap over the last couple of weeks but all the weather people are promising some hot weather coming back shortly. They are also promising a long hot fall that I am really looking forward to!

I’ve managed to get a bunch of projects done for the blog and a load of wood for deck projects I can’t wait to tackle! I hope your summer has been a good one! From time to time Joe will grab my hand and pull me out the door (camera around my neck) and take me for a drive around this beautiful state that we live in. And that’s what we do, he drives me around, pulling over whenever I yell for him to stop. Another wonder that comes with August and the cooler nights are the mists that move around like spider webs.

August photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern MinnesotaAugust photo gallery: Tad poles, Caterpillars & Tiger lilies during the dog days of summer as we wind down to fall on our farm in northern Minnesota

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31 Comments

  1. August 18, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I love your Photographs! It looks like a beautiful state to live in!

    • August 18, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you Kathleen! Despite our terrible winters our summers definitely make it worth it!

  2. August 22, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Stunning pictures of grandma’s tiger lilies. Beautiful post. Love the tadpoles and caterpillars too.

  3. August 22, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Your photographs are just stunning. I love the tiger lilies with the water droplets hanging off them and I have no idea how you managed to get such great shots of tadpoles.

    • August 22, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you so much Lisa! My husband Joe was behind me shading the water tank the whole time as I tried to get pictures of those little tad poles! Many of them have grown up and left us already but its been so much fun watching them all summer 🙂

  4. August 22, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Beautiful shots, love the caterpillers

  5. August 23, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    You have some really stunning photos on this post. I can’t pick a favorite. I keep wanting tadpoles to raise at my house but no luck so far. Just mosquito larva… bleh…
    🙂 gwingal

    • August 23, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you Nikki! Hopefully this will become a habit with our tree frogs every year, it was really fun to watch them grow up 🙂

  6. Gentle Joy Photography
    August 24, 2017 at 1:03 am

    So many beautiful pictures! I especially like the fog and mist in the beautiful country scenes. 🙂

  7. August 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    August is beautiful and active around your garden. Love the lilies, tad poles and caterpillar. Happy thursday!

  8. August 24, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    What a fun post! Love the lilies and the Monarch caterpillars. As a fellow Minnesotan, I agree this is indeed a beautiful state.

  9. August 24, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Beautiful photos. I especially love the one of a country road.

    Carolyn/A Southerner’s Notebook

  10. August 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    My heart is melting for the little tad poles, how cute! Yeah we definitely are not getting enough heat here in the Midwest. My Zone 5 garden is doing well, but I had to slow down the water drip system in my front yard….go figure!

    • August 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Chrstine, thanks so much for coming by and reading!

  11. August 28, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    It looks beautiful there on the farm! Some great pics, too. Up here in Ottawa, we have not had the best August (loads of rain!), but we’ve had a reprieve. Hoping to get some more balmy weather, like yours, before fall sets in 🙂 Hope your August continues to be a beautiful one!

    • August 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you Jelica! Yeah regardless of the cool temperatures we did really need the rain so I guess I can’t complain too much, we’re gonna have some balmy days this week, crosses our fingers that won’t be the end of it! Already leaves turning here.

  12. August 30, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Gorgeous! I will feature this week at Home Sweet Home! Thanks for sharing!

    • August 31, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you so much Sherry!!

  13. August 31, 2017 at 2:33 am

    lovely photographs…pretty lilies, hungry caterpillars and adorable tadpoles!!

    • August 31, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you Diane, have a great weekend!

  14. September 1, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Thank you for sharing these pictures with us.

    I have loved Tiger Lillys for most of my life. I never see the growing where I live now, but as a child they came up year after year after year in my dad’s yard.

    I used to love catching tadpoles too! I guess I miss me some country living.

    • September 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Nona! I know how you feel, I lived down in a bigger city in another state for awhile and I just missed everything so much! It was a good day when I came home to northern MN for good!

  15. September 3, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Hey Tarah! I love your pictures and really enjoyed your beautiful August tour. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!

    • September 4, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you so much Angie, have a great week!

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