Three dogs got washed. Two got photographed.
This dog does not like a bath. Continue reading
Some weeks ago, lightning struck a bunch of trees and killed them.
During Hurricane Nicole, two of them fell across the front driveway.
A little chainsaw work cleared the driveway.
These two pictures are from November 5, 2022. Notice how the dead trees are in a line. Continue reading
Blondie brought me this box turtle. I repeated her lesson: no turtle!
Then I showed the Terrapene carolina to each other dog, with the same lesson. Finally, I put it down by the driveway and we continued on.
The dogs found this snake, and Gretchen didn’t like it.
Honeybun, Blondie, and Arrow led me straight to this Crotalus horridus. Unlike our previous dogs, they kept their distance.
Gretchen called them back, I got the hoe and a cardboard box, put the snake in the box, the box in the truck, and drove the truck miles away.
This rattler now has woods to catch mice with nobody living nearby.
Ah, fall flowers, dogs frolicking in the dog fennel, and mysterious molds, all on a morning walk.
And chiggers. Most likely Trombicula alfreddugesi, aka Eutrombicula alfreddugesi, in the genus Trombicula, family Trombiculidae.
Whichever species of arachnids, cousins of ticks and spiders, these ones will make you itch for days. They can raise red welts and send you to the doctor seeking steroids. You don’t want to see pictures of that.Continue reading
Again, Gretchen was the first to see a snake.
She still didn’t want me to pick it up, though.
Mark it on the calendar: first time Gretchen ever saw a snake first.
All the dogs and I walked right past this timber rattler in the front driveway.
She didn’t think I should pick up this Crotalus horridus. I don’t know why.