A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 28, 2013

A Sundog of a Day–October 28, 2013

A sundog added a splash of color to the sky today. Wikipedia says this phenomenon is commonly made by the refraction of light from ice crystals in high and cold cirrus clouds.  The ice crystals, called diamond dust, drift in the air at low levels. These crystals act as prisms, bending the light rays passing through them. If the crystals are randomly oriented, a complete ring around the sun is seen. But often, as the crystals sink through the air, they become vertically aligned, so sunlight is refracted horizontally — in this case, sundogs are seen. Whatever the cause, the sight was much appreciated.

Another find this day, a baby water moccasin. It was about 10-12 inches long. While the adult moccasin is blackish with its pattern slightly visible, the young moccasin is not dark at all; you can see its pattern clearly. Baby water moccasins and baby copperheads apparently look similar, but considering the prevalence of water moccasins on the peninsula and the fact this one was headed straight for the water.   Here’s a short video.

You may think this is a cush job, but I tell you, it’s dangerous. In fact, I should collect hazardous duty pay. I was attacked by this goose (r) today. Really. It was totally unprovoked. I was taking photos of the baby goose (r), which appears to have not grown an inch in all these months, when this guy came up and attacked my leg, pecking it. It did smart for a while.

There is nothing quite like concluding a walk with the sight of a snowy egret bathed in the radiant light of the setting sun.

Green Thought: “Life is a dance of nature.” ― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

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