July 2015

Cloudless and cool. A red-spotted purple and a silver-spotted skipper work adjacent bergamot heads, whose tubes are beginning to dry up.

The rain eases off at mid-morning, and once again a box turtle comes out of the woods and marches up the driveway with surprising haste.

The feral garlic top-heads have split their skins, unveiling clusters of beady eyes. The sun’s a glowing smudge. It’s going to be hot.

A bindweed flower is open in the garden—a white blunderbuss pointed, like the dog’s inquisitive snout, at the foggy woods.

Tussock moth caterpillars rappelling from a walnut limb. One changes its mind half way—a little white comma returning to its green sentence.

The box turtle whose territory my house happens to encroach upon sits in the driveway, yellow markings like a road sign in a foreign script.

Far off through the woods, the bell-like notes of three wood thrushes—young ones mastering the music of their tribe before they disperse.