Hallowe’en approaches…

And to celebrate, and because it turns out I’m not the only one who loves them, I’ve drawn some bats!

Little brown myotisFruit bat

A little brown bat, because those are the ones that you mostly spot in the skies around here, fluttering against the summer twilight like determined black butterflies. And an Egyptian fruit bat, because they’re so objectively cute that I think even your average chiroptophobe has to find them endearing. Happy October everyone!

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Our garden

Name that thistle!

The spiny plant near our front door finally bloomed, revealing for certain that it’s a thistle. What variety of thistle I’m not sure of, though. By my Chesapeake Bay plant guide, I’d identified it as ‘Horrible Thistle’… though by googling a little I’ve determined that our specimen is really just a little bit too tame to be Horrible. Problem is, ID’ing thistle online is strangely difficult. If anyone has a work of help for me here, I’d be grateful!

I’m beginning to fear that it might be Bull Thistle, though, which isn’t native. Hoping I’m incorrect on that. Come on readers, confirm or alleviate my fears!