What kind of snake is this?
Snake on the lily pad
Probably not a moccasin, because it doesn’t have any stripes, and I’ve never
seen one leave its tail sticking out like that.
Usually a cottonmouth will face you and hiss.
The dogs found another snake earlier that probably was a moccasin, so we made them come along.
Blondie joins Arrow exploring
We also saw an anhinga on the surface.
Usually we see them perched in a tree or flying.
It did eventually fly off and perch.
Anhinga on the pond
Blondie in the bushes
Blondie and Gretchen
Old wasp nest
Grinning Blondie in the boat
Arrow, Blondie, Honeybun, Gretchen
Arrow won’t admit she can swim
Arrow, Honeybun, Gretchen
Honeybun, Arrow, Blondie
Relic of a lost civilization
Arrow goes exploring
It’s good to get a little exercise.
Log, Fungus, Yellow Dog, Sycamore
Gretchen likes heaving logs under the red maples.
Gretchen and her log
Birds and dogs.
Gretchen and a beaver pond
We could get it down with a ladder.
Gretchen and the lion’s mane
But we left it there to grow again.
This moss grows all the time.
In her habitat.
Gretchen in the woods with vines
Yellow Dog knows all the woods paths.
This is also a beaver pond now, only larger than the others.
Dogs like mud.
Yellow Dog in the pond
That tree was knee-high when we transplanted it.
Gretchen and her Sycamore
What kind of bird makes these small nests?
Bigger than a hummingbird nest
They’re too big to be hummingbird nests.
Another nest, near the pond
Gretchen spotted them, one in the woods, the other at the pond.
Brown Dog likes boats.
Brown Dog and Gretchen with halo
Especially this old flatboat. Continue reading
No pond is complete without wasps.
A video: Continue reading
What are these mystery berries that grow on the beaver dam and on islands in the pond?
We think they’re probably some species of Smilax. Continue reading
Yellow Dog and Brown Dog cooling off in a beaver pond.
Dogs in water
Gretchen is represented by her camera there on the right.
Something to avoid on the water.
As good a video as I could get, since I didn’t want to get any closer:
Stay tuned for great blue herons and a red-bellied woodpecker.
Gretchen wants to know
what is this plant
that she found on the floating bottom?
She plucked it from here. Continue reading
The dogs like this.
Dogs in boats
Some pretty things bloomed on the way to the pond. Continue reading