Friday, July 22, 2011
Hot Summer Daze
Tiny baby catfish
These were all new babies this year
A third baby is back in the tall grass
Coming to the lake trail he was glad he had sprayed a bit of repellent since the gnats and other flying insects visited upon entering. It was dry along this section of trail, which normally stayed wet with a few small trickles of water coming out of the hillside. Walking into a marshy clearing he looked for a deer skull he had hung on a small tree early in the spring. He found the tree, but someone else had taken the skull off to perhaps chew on it a bit more. Small mammals visiting his yard often carried off many of the pieces he had around his planters. He often found one under a perch a squirrel often used under a huge maple. He soon found what was left from the skeleton the skull belonged to. Instead of almost assembled they lay all around a small depression in a marshy knoll. Today when he approached the small spillway it was dry so he didn’t have to take the bridge trail to get around it. Up in the meadow he saw three fawns come out of deeper grass, He knew their mother or mothers were close by. A clomping sound ahead told him he had alerted the parent and the fawns followed. He walked down to the water and looked for frogs and dragonflies. One wary bullfrog leaped with a loud splash up ahead. A tiny eastern amberwing dragonfly flew around a few other friends. He enjoyed this tiniest of dragonflies, they sometimes rested standing on their head. Perhaps this was to look like a seedpod or dead flower to predators and keep it safe. On a hot day like today, perhaps it was to stay cool.