It has been a long hot summer in Madison, Wisconsin. There was hardly any rain at all during the months of June and July. All the ferns in the beds around the Speckled Hen Inn turned brown and crispy. It was a struggle just to keep up with the watering of the vegetable gardens, flower pots and new trees and shrubs that had been planted this spring. But now, it’s August and a few rain showers have turned the pastures green again. The lawn is recovering from dormancy and we are no longer stressing about how we will feed our sheep and llamas this winter. The gardens are providing lots of fresh veggies for the breakfast table and a few peaches even managed to ripen and find their way onto the menu.
Today this little hummingbird seemed to express our gratitude for the rain as she danced and darted about in the raindrops and was determined to have her lunch. Perhaps she was celebrating the return of the rain too as it will mean a more bountiful buffet of nectar bearing flowers for her to enjoy.