The Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) is blooming in the meadows and is a great attractant for butterflies. I am seeing Monarchs and still plenty of Great-spangled Frittilaries. Mountain mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium) is also in bloom. This plant fills the air with its soothing aroma even when gently bruised. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is still blooming in the meadows. The goldenrods are just about to start opening their blossoms.
I hiked trails recently early in the morning to beat the heat. The Wood Thrush are still singing enthusiastically. I heard Peewees (a great mid-summer sound in my mind). Towhees are also calling.