I’m pretty sure this is a male Halictus rubicundus…he’s on a greater willowherb flower (Epilobium hirsutum).
I’m trying to learn to love these little syrphid flies…look, I’m the first to admit that I haven’t always been fond of syrphid flies, but since moving to Ireland, I’ve had to learn to love them…sometimes they’re the only pollinators out and about here!
Here are some common syrphid flies I’ve seen this summer…mostly on Cat’s Ears (Hypochaeris radicata).
WILL there really be a morning?
Is there such a thing as day?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?
Has it feet like water-lilies?
Has it feathers like a bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?
Oh, some scholar! Oh, some sailor!
Oh, some wise man from the skies!
Please to tell a little pilgrim
Where the place called morning lies!
– Emily Dickinson
I’ve been traveling so much this year, this poem really resonated with me…just passing through, just passing through, just passing through…
All through August and September
tens of thousands, of feathered
creatures pass through
this place and I almost never see
a single one. The fall
wood warbler migration goes by here
every year, all of them,
myriad species, all looking sort of like
each other, yellow, brown, gray,
all muted versions of their summer selves,
from each other, at least to me, although
definitely not to each other,
all flying by, mostly at night, calling to each
other as they go to keep
the flock together, saying: chip, zeet,
buzz, smack, zip, squeak—
sounds reassuring that we are
all here together and
heading south, all of us just passing
through, just passing
through, just passing through, just
– David Budbill
I didn’t have enough time to hike as much of the Loowit trail as I would’ve liked, but I did have some fun rambling about on the boulders of this small section of the trail. The full trail goes all the way around the base of Mt. St. Helens…it’s 28 miles round trip, so I suppose it might be possible to knock it out in one day, but it would be challenging. Most people backpack it and camp along the way (life goals!).
There’s a steep, short trail leading up to the Loowit trail from June Lake
Plenty of views of the mountain!
It’s always funny how the mountain looks different as you approach it
Rubble and ash from the eruption