Summers are great for fresh greens from the garden, and since I have been helping more with the garden of my aging parents, I also benefit by receiving some of the harvest. I get to try foods I would not normally buy or grow myself like beets and kohlrabi etc. My grandma used to make pickled beets and I hated even the smell of them. I thought she made them red by pickling them until I got fresh beets and peeled them and realized they are naturally deep burgundy. They taste pretty good fresh, although they did make my throat feel kind of raw after a bit. I read it's due to the oxalic acid in beets. Hmmm. Oxalic acid is often used by beekeepers to kill varroa mites in hives. Interesting.
Beets peeled and cooked in the microwave. Not bad at all.
Marinated venison steaks on the grill with beets and zucchini. Grilled and touched with a little seasoning salt is my favorite way to eat zucchini. It makes my mouth water to look at this picture.
I like aquariums and this beauty was in the Helen Warner branch of the Willard Library in Battle Creek, MI. We provided an outdoor honey bee presentation there and when I went indoors and saw this I had to snap a picture.
On our way home from the library in Battle Creek we stopped at the historic village at Bowen's Mill Park since neither my wife nor I had ever been there. It was sort of closed, but we still enjoyed a quiet walk around. I never knew it was on Thornapple Lake and I had packed my fishing pole (you just never know when it might come in handy) so I threw a few casts from shore. I saw a guy catch what looked like a muskie in a boat out from where I was standing. It was a good sized fish but they have to be 42 inches to keep, I believe.
All set up and ready for an audience at the Leighton Twp Library in Moline, MI. We had a great time!
The fireflies are almost gone, now. That means summer is over. Katydids
are singing their strange "zzzt--zzzt song now at night. Cicadas are
still going strong.
Enjoy the last gasps of summer.
PS. In last month's blog post I asked for help identifying a bird sound I have been hearing. Guess what! I tracked down the sound to a red tailed hawk in a tree! I am so pleased to know what is making that sound. I never would have guessed it was a hawk because it is not a "hawkish" sound at all. Now we know.....