We haven't had to go far this summer to appreciate some of what nature has to offer --- these pals have all made appearances in our own backyard and have provided quite a bit of entertainment for our whole family, and visiting friends too.
The Big Toad with the Smaller Toad.
Also Known as 'Big Guy' and 'Little Guy'.
The feisty grey squirrel who loves to sit on the sliding door mat and peek into our house (he actually climbed our screen door one time but I wasn't fast enough to get a picture).
Little Sweet 'Bun Bun' (one of the many bunnies who lives in our backyard, but a favorite of Ella and Zoe's -- and named of course by Ella and Zoe), who likes to hang out under the recliner.
Mr. Turkey, also know as 'Turk', (I know -- my daughters are very clever name-givers), who is seriously a lot bigger than these pictures show, and has caused me to let out a few screams the few times he snuck up behind me.
And a teeny tiny frog that the girls did not want to part ways with.
They named her Fiona .....
...... they even put her in their bug house for a short while, with a lot of soft grass for her bed -- see her in the bottom right?.
We also have the cutest little red squirrel named Red (of course) who loves to chase the larger grey squirrels up and down the back hill, and we've had a pure black squirrel and a pure albino squirrel make a few appearances as well (the photos I tried taking of these guys didn't show up well, they move to fast for my camera skills). Along with all the birds (Cardinals, Blue Jays, Chickadees, Finches, Hummingbirds and Orioles, to name a few) our backyard has definitely been full of color and activity, even when Zoe and Ella are in the house : )