A Year on Clear Lake-Sept 02, 2013

Hanging Out–September 2, 2013

What do you do on a Labor Day morning but hang out with the gang? At least that’s what the egrets were doing on my early morning visit. I think it interesting that the Great White Egret is perched on the highest branch in a somewhat regal pose. I wonder if this is part of the unwritten pecking order? Is the big bird recognized for its size? Or does he just prefer the view up top?

Here’s another native plant that can be found all over the little, salt marsh peninsula. It’s called many things from Rattlebush to Poison Bean. It’s a member of the legume family, and the bean really is poisonous. If you enlarge the photos (click on them) you can see the seed pods better. These stay on the plant and the peas rattle inside, which gives the plant its name–rattlebush. Animals that grow up with the plant learn to avoid it because of its foul taste, but livestock placed on pastures with it in its dried state (during fall and winter ) often consume it and die. That’s a hard lesson.

On another note, it’s funny what makes us happy these days–a downpour is a celebrated event. We are among the lucky ones to receive an isolated shower late in the afternoon–maybe as much as half an inch or more fell. And then it was gone. Later I captured another shower dumping rain elsewhere, but not on us. That’s okay. We’re willing to share, just so long as we get some.

I stopped by the marina later in the day – there was no shortage of birds. Everyone was there – Little Blue Heron, Yellow-crowned, Great White Egret, Snowy Egret, a bunch of Green Herons, and even the little Sandpiper was teeter-tailing up and down the bulkhead. It was nice seeing so many and such a great variety.  I’m sure they enjoyed the earlier rain, as I did.

Green Thought:“We are immersed in beauty, but our eyes have no clear vision.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson