The most beautiful bug I've seen up there was this flashy, ladybug-sized critter, whose metallic gold body had tortoise-like markings and transparent, colorless edges:
I've since identified it as a Mottled Tortoise Beetle. Think of it as jewelry that crawls.
I learned that there's also a similar, all-gold insect, the Golden Tortoise Beetle, that I hope to see someday.
As we sat around reading, in or out of the hot tub, yellow leaves drifted down and landed near us, rather deliberately, it seemed to me. It was like receiving little messages from Mother Nature, announcing, "Summer's ending! Put those toys away! Don't you have some homework?"