Halfway through summer now.  As hard as it is to believe,we’re just on the gentle downhill slope towards cooler weather now- there has even been some cool nights here recently.

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Mid-summer has a peaceful quality to it, like the season has comfortably come into its own.

Chirping crickets are getting louder, and the occasional Cicada makes its loud noise (this area is having a modest year number-wise for them).  Fireflies are still glowing at twilight.

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Grasses are seemingly seeding everywhere- for instance, the local Foxtail is doing well.

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Wildflowers are seeing a change- prairie areas are breaking out in vivid colors.

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Such high-summer blooms as Tall Bellflower and Ironweed are appearing.

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Familiars such as Common Teasel and Queen Anne’s Lace are flourishing.

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Gray-Headed Coneflower have brightened some fields.  Yesterday I saw my first Aster blooming, and my first Ragweed ready to release its pollen.  Autumn is not terribly far away.

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Birds are flocking more often now.  Not everyone is done with nesting, however.  Some birds are having a second brood, and late-nesters such as Goldfinches are just getting started.  The occasional immature bird can be seen, or the occasional molting adult.  Bird song is less conspicuous, but not absent.

Enjoy the middle of summer’s warmth while it lasts!