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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lumbering Along

This moving rock caught my attention on my morning hike.

video

Quite a large snapping turtle!
The video doesn't show how large it it, probably 14 inches across the shell.
I got some close-up shots of it before it submerged.






Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tie Dye Tuesday

We had a tie dye dye Sunday and everyone made tie dye T-shirts.


Here are the results.

 The big reveal!

A colorful footnote!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

What Happened Here?

This pile of feathers was on the trail this morning.
From the size, I could tell it was a large bird 
and from the striped feathers with reddish color on them, 
I think it was a red-tailed hawk.
Hmmm, I wonder who caught this elusive predator?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tradgedy Averted

Our house has one problem.
Birds crash into our windows, often killing themselves.
I'm not sure if the angle of the sun has something to do with it,
but they seem to think they can fly right through the windows,
with tragic results.

This juvenile robin hit the window and luckily survived,
although he was stunned quite a bit.

I picked him up from the porch and held him until he got his bearings
and put him in a tree.
He perched there for over an hour and finally flew away.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Please Don't Eat The Daisies

Yesterday's trail ride included a trek along the power line easement.
Our neighbor has planted fields of flowers there.
Rocky thought they were beautiful & delicious!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Share the Trail

This little guy was hopping across the trail as I hiked.
There are lots of little toads out there so remember to share the trail.



Friday, August 8, 2014

Flying Flowers

Butterflies are the spikes of colors that flit into our view when outside.

 Spicebush butterfly

Pearl Crescent butterfly
 
Southern White butterfly

Hummingbird moth

 Tiger Swallowtail

When you start to look for them, you'll be surprised at their variety of colors & patterns,
if you can catch them holding still long enough.
Unfortunately, I only spotted one monarch butterfly and couldn't snap his photo.
They are not nearly as numerous as they were in my childhood.