The back of our yard butts up against what is locally referred to as the “nature area.” It’s a series of storm water retention ponds with grasses and plants around them. The area boasts lots of birds and occasional visits from loons, which my friend, Penny, posted about earlier this year. It also hosts a colony of muskrats and a family of beavers, who have been the talk of the neighborhood this spring. When we first moved here, I spread a mix of wildflower seeds in the meadow right behind our house. During spring and early summer, I get a nice show of blooms. I’m not sure exactly what any of the plants are (though I think the yellow one is a form of rudbeckia), but they are pretty. I especially like these bluish purple blooms, which give the meadow a hazy look in the early morning.