A fallen leaf from the cherry tree in the backyard
Some macro shots of what's happening in the garden now. Most of the shots are from the backyard, some from the sideyard, along the driveway.
I was really surprised to have this Cicada fly right past me and land on the fence long enough for me to get a good shot of it. I've never see a live one so close up. I usually see them dead on the sidewalk, often missing their abdomen from predation. In that state, the markings on the top of the thorax (?) are dull dark brown and black. I think this is Tibicen canicularis, the dog-day cicada.
I've been watching the aphids on these milkweed stems for several weeks. This photo doesn't capture the intense orange-yellow color of these bugs; they look more yellow in the photo than they actually are. I wonder if their color is caused by feeding on milkweed, much like the warning red-orange colors of Monarchs?
Berries of Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana
Berries of Winterberry, Ilex verticillata
Sweet Autumn Clematis