This is the Director's Cut Extended Edition for this album, meaning I have included many photos which don't meet my typical artistic standards because they hold special memories for me. If you are looking for a shorter and higher quality collection, visit the curated Theatrical Cut at PRAIRIE RIDGE ECOSTATION SUMMER 2023 - THEATRICAL RELEASE.

I hadn't been back to Prairie Ridge yet this year, so I wanted to come see how long the grasses were and who was hanging out. Someone on social media posted a Green Heron they saw recently, and I am a big heron fan so that was my true goal. I found some grasshoppers, dragonflies, and butterflies, but unfortunately no heron and no cutie frogs either. Then I noticed the bird feeders were popping off, so I stood there like a weirdo for a couple hours and watched them come and go.

Giving the pond another chance, I was delighted to see our heron friend doing yoga on the water. They weren't in the most photogenic spot and refused to move for the next hour, so eventually I gave up to avoid heat stroke. Still a win.

American Bird Grasshopper?

Female Eastern Pondhawk

Common Buckeye

Male Eastern Pondhawk

She's called an American Lady but she
also eats poop so who's the real lady

I actually thought I was misremembering this photo (this caption
is written in mid-August), but I really did see a Monarch
at the end of June, that's wild. And now I know he's a male

Purple Martin

Female House Finch

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Eastern Towhee

Blue Jay

Juvenile European Starling (non-native)

So my guy just like squonked and then...

A berry appeared. In this order

Guess he didn't want it

Juvenile Eastern Towhee

Help I actually don't know

Male Indigo Bunting

Male Northern Cardinal - it's completely normal for them to molt their entire heads all at once, although it makes them look like idiots

Downy Woodpecker

It's a squirrel, you've seen them

Carolina Wren

White-breasted Nuthatch

Adult European Starling

Male Brown-headed Cowbird

Mourning Dove (cooOOO coo, coo, coo...)

Juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker

Male House Finch

Northern Cardinal, regular style

American Robin

Eastern Bluebird

Northern Mockingbird

It's time for hot yoga with Green Heron! Hold each pose for 30 seconds

The yoga is hot because it's noon and I'm getting heat stroke right now

Don't forget to stretch!