Our native plant garden was really buzzing with our milkweed blooming in July and August. We also planted some Joe Pye weed last fall and it really brought a lot of butterflies to the yard this year with its huge clusters of flowers. Slowly we are really filling in the yard with more native plants each year.
We were also lucky enough to get some monarch caterpillars on our milkweed this summer. We were able to watch them grow from tiny specks to the size of this big guy here. We haven't been able to find a monarch chrysalis in the yard yet. The next goal is to find out where they are hiding.
Here we are enjoying the Monroe County Fair. We ate some fair food (real Indiana corn on the cob and an elephant ear) and visited our favorite part of the fair, the 4-H projects building.
The Blue Aster Studio Etsy shop officially opened!! This is one of the items from the shop. We designed posters featuring natural spaces on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. We both love how much natural beauty there is on the IU Bloomington campus! The shop also includes nature inspired stickers and button sets. Be sure to check it out!
We also took a hike at the Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve on Lake Monroe. It was nice to take a little break from everything and let Wallace explore. The preserve is so peaceful in the morning.
We saw this beauty when we were out to lunch! We are the people you'll spot around town taking pictures of insects while dining outside at a restaurant. Be sure to wave and say hi!