Some different kinds of insects

Praying mantis with shadow on a car’s hood

Honey bee doing its job of pollinating

Red eyes on this Katydid

Paper wasps on the nest

Here is a cicada emerging

It is truly interesting how many insects you can see if you stay alert and keep your eyes open. They are everywhere!

 

Roses after the rain

Rose against a gray sky, morning glory vine grows under the bloom

Getting ready to open

Bet there are fresh raindrops caught in the bloom

Color is peaking through, delicate drops perched on the bud

We had an nice surprise when an unexpected downpour came through right after 12 noon. We had a good 20 minute heavy shower. The air is so fresh and clean right after a rain. Earth’s local cleaning service…

 

Oliver Winery is an Indiana landmark

The Oliver Winery is located north of Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University. That is important, as Oliver Winery traces its roots to the basement of IU law professor William Oliver in the 1960’s. He started as a hobby, planted a vineyard north of town, and soon had a production winery in the early 1970’s.

Tasting bar in center

Lots of cool stuff!

Covered deck, lovely hill with picnic tables overlooking the pond

Oliver’s website gives a wonderful bit of history: “Professor Oliver was instrumental in passing legislation allowing for the creation of small wineries in our state. The Indiana Small Winery Act passed in 1971, and Oliver Winery opened in 1972. Sales took off with Camelot Mead, and we’ve been growing ever since. Today, we distribute our award-winning, fruit-forward wines to 40 states and ship across the country.”

Interesting limestone feature

Path to the tasting room

From the flower garden…

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver Winery grew rapidly during the 1980’s and early 1990’s. The new tasting room was built in 1997. The winery has become a very popular gathering place. The beautiful grounds provide peaceful areas for picnicking, including a lovely pond to add ambiance.

The stunning gardens and grounds are worth the time for a visit! We really enjoyed seeing the Oliver Winery in person. We had discussed many times making a visit to this well known winery. And yes, we left with some Cherry Moscato, Blueberry Moscato and local Dillman Farms Plum butter and Blackberry  preserves. Deliciousness coming!

Views around our yard

Wild strawberries

Water drops and fungus

Morning glories

Morning glory vines on mint

Wild strawberries, sage, and a Canadian rock

The last photo shows a rock labeled “Canadian”. We did not get it from a trip to Canada, rather it ended up in Central Indiana by means of widespread glaciation during the Pleistocene epoch. This piece is a metamorphic rock made of granitic minerals. There are thousands of such rocks of all sizes that were pushed here by the glaciers, and left here when the glaciers melted. This one now has a home in our flower and herb garden.

 

Morning views of some of our garden plants

Wild strawberries on a decorative rock. Do the berries remind you of anything?

Rose in full bloom

Asiatic lilies, sage and tomato plants

Not sure what this one is. Any ideas?

Sher’s project is still vacant, but hope it will be occupied soon.

A visitor to one of our Asiatic lilies

Got some pictures this morning before it got real hot. Our high today is forecast for 95 +/-. It is not desert hot, but the humidity (near 90%) is what gets you.