A Year on Clear Lake-Oct 29, 2013

Touch of Yellow–October 29, 2013

The wildflowers keep coming. I spotted these tiny unidentified flowers by the side of the trail (see above and left). Then there are the cowpeas (r), which are good food for the white tail deer, growing in several locations across the area.

Activity has been very slow on the peninsula of late. There is plenty happening, but it’s not visible. An entire universe is at work beneath the cover of the vegetation–snakes, rabbits, racoons, possum, field mice, and who knows what else–going about business as usual. I met a woman today who lives in the townhouses beside the area. She talked about the otters that used to visit the area a couple of years ago. She also mentioned seeing an alligator, or two in the vicinity, but mainly after heavy rains.

It’s been months since I’ve seen a raccoon, but I see tracks daily–just like the deer. I know raccoons are there. The osprey was visible today, as well. It has taken over the highest point on the peninsula.

Green Thought: “There are many going afar to marvel at the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the long courses of great rivers, the vastness of the ocean, the movements of the stars, yet they leave themselves unnoticed!” Augustine of Hippo