Spider web was actually goose down!

Apologies! Live and learn! I went back to check the frozen “spider webs”  after they had melted. Much to my amazement the under-structure of the “chandeliers” was goose down, not spider webs!

Who would have dreamed? Magic is created in the most unexpected ways!

Great Blue Herons in the cold!

bird GBH journal

We couldn’t have kayaked up Pomonkey Creek during the Christmas bird count. It was frozen solid. But our local Great Blue Herons didn’t want to miss the count. They were huddled together in the marsh, hiding from the frigid North wind. How many can you count?

Meet the invaders!

Man in woods

Men have been in forests forever. And there is no escaping reminders of our presence.  I won’t interfere with a surveyor’s tape but if you pick up whatever trash you can, you won’t ever see it again! You don’t need anyone but yourself to pat you on the back for removing trash. You know it’s gone. The next time you walk there, that trash won’t interfere with your enjoyment. Seeing trash that is out of my reach is very aggravating and I often spend way too much time trying to figure out a solution. But solving that kind of problem is so rewarding! Fellow pickers: keep  up the good work! And Merry Christmas!

What could possibly happen in 15 minutes?

What could possibly happen in 15 minutes? The photos above were taken at 5 PM and 5:15 PM. Try it yourself. Take a photo of anything. Then take a photo of the same thing 15 minutes later. What has changed? Amazing! Please let me know what you chose to photograph. (Photos were taken 2/8/17)

Grub walks on its back, belly-up, legs pointed skyward!

Insect June beetle grub on back

I thought I was losing my mind. A strange looking ‘caterpillar’ was racing down the road beside me and I could have sworn it was upside down…

Turns out “The grubs (of the June beetle) have an unusual habit of crawling on their backs rather than relying on their small legs, which are extended upward as they move across surfaces. Ridges located on the upper surface of the grub’s body are covered with short, stiff hairs that assist them in moving on the surface of the grass.” Obviously the road wasn’t an issue either.

I tried to turn it right side up but it refused to show me its back. It curled up for a moment like a regular grub so I decided it had to be a grub rather than a caterpillar.

Insect June beetle grub curled

But it immediately flipped over onto its back and rapidly ‘walked’ away…Insect June beetle grub on back

I swear it’s the truth. My buggy friend, Robyn, ID’d it for me. I have not been able to find out why it walks on its back. Please help!