What a lovely lot of unusual animal pictures.
The flower pictures also are dear to my heart - I've been trying to grow peonies for years - all leaf, but never a flower.
And how glorious to see phlox growing wild by the roadside!
" 'Tis the last rose of Summer"
Julia's Rose, waterlogged and windblown, clings on tenaciously. Pruning season's just around the corner, so the whole cycle starts over.