Perhaps it is just wishful thinking, but I think I am starting to see signs of autumn around here. The early painted bunting a few weeks ago was a good sign!
A few more recent visitors, a northern flicker and great-crested flycatcher
Some of the cypress trees are beginning to take on a golden hue
Prescribed burns at Jonathan Dickinson state park
A new one for me, the big-claw river prawn, Macrobrachium carcinus
Not the best photograph, but it was hiding under a rock ledge in a murky stream. At first I thought it was a really big crayfish! I estimated it to be around 15" from claw to tail.
According to Wikipedia, "Macrobrachium carcinus is a species of freshwater shrimp native to the Americas.It is the largest known species of Neotropical freshwater prawn, growing up to 30 centimetres (12 in) long and weighing as much as 850 grams (30 oz), although even larger specimens have been reported".