High Water

I was standing close to the back of the water curve, between the two trees, pictured in the photo below, to take some of the “Rainy Day Walk” photos.

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There was no light rain to keep the skeets away, yesterday evening, while I was snapping photos. With all of the high water, those little whiners are quite happy, so are the crawdads.  If I want the light to reflect across the water’s surface I have to wait until early evening.  Earlier in the day the light is not right, the water under the trees appears only as darkness.  I suspect that someone informed the mosquitoes ahead of time.

I saw the wake of something BIG swim away, but I didn’t see what it was.

Whenever the floods go down, the land is  different.  15 years ago there was a deep ravine and a high sandy dry place beside it, in front of where the swing is pictured, that was  the shortest route to walk to a sandy swimming beach with nice willows for sitting in to picnic.   It was about 1/4 mile to the river.   That changed, and changes again every year.   By observing the still appearing surface you cannot tell that some places are 20 ft., and more, deep, and some are only 2 ft.   The current is also not apparent on the placid surface, but follows the unknown, changing contours of the hidden muddy ground .

 

 

 

Crawdad Hole – DOC WATSON

 

 

April Morning

Every Day Is Earth Day

Rainy Day Walk

 A nice day for a walk
With much to see all around
I was quite happy for the rain
To keep the skeets down
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Bear … 03.29.2014

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Water mist in air
Nice walking day for a Bear
Alert and aware
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Bear … 03.29.2014

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skeets = mosquitoes.

Rainy Day Walk … Surreal Swamp

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The bizarre
Is never far
Away
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Bear … 30.2014
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RAINY DAY WALK … SURREAL SWAMP

Bear … 03.29.2014 … Rainy Day Walk … Surreal Swamp

 

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Rainy Day Walk … Wild Azaleas … Rhododendron Canescens

A walk on a rainy day  can be pleasant.  The rain slowed enough to wander and there was just enough drizzle to keep down the worst of the skeets (mosquitoes).  I was looking for Wild Azaleas to share,  and there they were … waiting

 

Bear … 03.29.2014 …. Rainy Day Walk… Wild Azalea Buds

 

 

 

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Rainy Day Blooms

Rainy Friday yielded Spring blossoms blooming in the rain or falling down to be captured by photos.  The rain has washed the pollen from the surfaces so that the colors can be seen.  Just before the rain EVERYTHING was green with pollen. Or brown with the fallen oak flowers.  The fuzzy brown caterpillar-looking things in the picture with trumpet flowers are oak tree flowers which bloom brown.

In some of the higher hammocks the wild azaleas, actually a rhododendron, are blooming.   Wild azaleas are more delicate than their showier domestic cousins, with an ethereal soft pink color.

Bear … 03.29.2014

 

 

Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata

Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata

It is always surprising how small the heads of Elaphe obsolete quadrivittata are as they can swallow a gray squirrel whole.  These striped snakes are commonly called Yellow Rat Snakes, but I call them Egg Snakes as they like eggs very much and can eat 5 or so at the time giving themselves a very lumpy profile for several hours.

Unless they have just eaten, elaphe are slender and can easily negotiate the holes in chicken wire.  But, being snakes they think in a snakey way and after stealing eggs, they will try to retreat using the same route they arrived.  They don’t plan out alternate routes or anticipate increased girth.  You can imagine how silly Ralph and his relatives appear with only the first 8 inches having exited through  the wire, and the other end all lumpy with ex-large eggs lined up.   Rather than backing out, they just stay put until the meal digests enough to allow them to pass through the bottle necks again.  I have known people to behave the same way …. with the same comical expressions on their faces.  It may be that elaphe will retreat if no one is watching, but it seems the snakes are more concerned about loosing face while being observed, than being captured, so they just stay put.

Bear …03.29.2014
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Click on the pictures to view the enlarged gallery.  The elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata  pictured in my photos is a light tan with dark charcoal colored stripes and is about a meter long.  His older, relocated,  cousin was a larger version of the same tan darker stripped markings.  I don’t know what factors cause yellow or other color variations in other areas.

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Is It The Swamp Monster?

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Not even an alligator disturbs

The water’s surface like  dancing bugs.

Snakes trail a V shaped smooth wake.

Sometimes fish might disturb the surface …

When feeding on the bugs that are stirring it up.

Churning ripples are water bugs swimming around.

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Bear… 03 26.2014

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The trees have leafed out since I took this photo over two weeks ago, and there has been more rain so that the water is higher.  It is also one degree above freezing.  Again.