A Year on Clear Lake-Jul 23, 2013

Peek-a-Boo — July 23, 2013

I couldn’t resist snapping the photo of the juvenile YCNH perched high above and staring directly down at me.

We’re back to hot and dry. There is still moisture present on the peninsula, but it is drying up fast. We’re inching back toward triple digits. I expect the activity level to drop again, but it was fun while it lasted.

Near the end of my hike tonight a  possum emerged from the brush. I stood still and it remained totally oblivious to my presence. I don’t know if it didn’t see me, or couldn’t see me. Possums are typically nocturnal, though they occasionally come out during the day. It was growing dark when it ventured out.  It never stopped moving, and it headed straight toward the water.

These are interesting creatures. They are the only marsupial animal in North America, which  means they are the only animal to have a pouch, like the kangaroo. Once its babies are born (as many as a dozen the size of honey bees) they crawl into momma’s pouch and stay there, nursing , for three months before emerging. Who thinks these things up? Nature–so amazing, so creative.

What do you make of these prints? The big prints are definitely deer, could the small prints be a fawn?

Green Thought: Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise. ~ George Washington Carver