The lazy days of summer are winding down. Today promises to be the last scorcher as thunderstorms and cooler weather roll in from the west. It's been a marvelous summer, but September is more than welcome.
The last few weeks have been spent in a mixture of frenzied activity and late summer sloth. There was the In-law's 50th wedding anniversary. That had the potential to be frenzied and stressful - and I'm certain it was for some - but the Beynon family came through the celebrations with nothing but fond memories and good times.
We spent some time in the canoe. And yes, that is the tip of a fishing rod and a container of worms there in the bow.
The kids loved working against the current of a stream filled with beaver dams and speckled trout.
We spent some time on the In-law's farm. Many cows, lots of cats, long country road walks with the dog at 4 am with suspicious (and large animal type) sounds of movement from the woods beside us and the lofts of a barn with spectacular lighting.
Speaking of mysterious large animals, my nephew found this on a tract of property near my In-law's farm.
I think it might be a bear skull (impressive canines, flat molars for grinding, sagittal crest to support massive jaw muscles).
Closer to home we had a skull mystery of our own on a much smaller scale. The boy found this specimen in our cedar hedge.
Obviously a bird, but I've no idea what type.
But - summer time draws to a close and a host of back to school and back to work activities await.