A Year on Clear Lake-Jul 05, 2013

Rabbit Run — July 5, 2013

Ah, did I mention there are a few rabbits on the peninsular? Even so, this is the first time I’ve seen this many at any one time in any one place. I came out a little later than usual, which might account for the big number along this stretch. Interesting to note, this is apparently the area where the fireworks were ignited last night. I found all kinds of debris to support it as the location. Poor rabbits were probably scared out of their minds, though they seem to have recovered.

You know it’s a slow photo day when I take pictures of ants. They are fascinating creatures, though, and deserve attention. Ants play a critical role in the soil aeration needed for healthy crop growth and in the decomposition and recycling of dead organic material. It’s believed that ants have been a part of the earth scene for more than 130 million years, and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. And it’s estimated that there are 1.5 million ants for every person living on the planet! What’s more, it turns out that ants are the original farmers, beating the human species to the idea of crop cultivation by about 50 million years. It’s true. Ants, like the leaf cutter, actually bite off parts of green leaves, carry them back to their nests, chew them up then grow a fungus which is the food of the colony. Pretty amazing. Ants are strong little devils, too. They are capable of carrying objects 50 times their body weight – the equivalent of us hoisting a Hyundai over our heads.

So, the next time you see a line of ants busy at work, give them a little respect. They, like every other creature that occupies this earth, are an amazing feat of nature’s creativity.

Baby Martin Update: We have a house full of babies. They’re all doing fine and getting stronger everyday. Many, many mouths to feed.

Green Thought: The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it.– Ralph Waldo Emerson