A Year on Clear Lake-Nov 05, 2013

Snake in the Grass–November 05, 2013

What an interesting day–a little bit of everything, from slithering snakes to fluttering butterflies. The morning got off to a lovely start with a white pelican gracing the waters out back.

The water is high on the peninsula. The area shown in the photo at the left is typically dry, but you can see the standing water. There hasn’t been rain in over a week. The water comes at high tide, flooding the low lying areas. But this is more water then I have ever seen. Funny, it seems not that long ago that we were talking about a drought.

There is a small flock of crows visiting the area, and the osprey was back at its post, with a fish of course.The falcon was present, too. By the boat launch, the grackles proved there is nothing like a good old fashion bath.

Green Thought: “Indeed, everything that could hum, or buzz, or sing, or bloom had a part in my education–noisy-throated frogs, katydids and crickets held in my hand until, forgetting their embarrassment, they trilled their reedy note, little downy chickens and wildflowers, the dogwood blossoms, meadow-violets and budding fruit trees. I felt the bursting cotton-bolls and fingered their soft fiber and fuzzy seeds; I felt the low soughing of the wind through the cornstalks, the silky rustling of the long leaves, and the indignant snort of my pony…”  ― Helen Keller, The Story of My Life