Archive for May, 2016

Moth Mullein

This is my last groundhog blog. They moved out sometime yesterday afternoon. There’s two of the few pictures I took of them yesterday morning at the end of this blog.

I’ve been taking ground hog pictures several times a day, since the first of May.

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During this time there’s been a plant in my line vision that was often between me and the groundhogs. I thought it was a moth mullein (Verbascum blattaria), but wasn’t sure. Two of them grow beside the moon garden, the only two in the yard.

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They have finally started blooming.

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The flowers are absolutely beautiful inside, with so many colors to attract the insects.

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They have such a tall inflorescence, that they will bloom for a while. Luckily, the groundhogs don’t show any interest in them.

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I was working on this blog, looked out the window and there was a young groundhog.

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It went back under the barn, and one of the adults came partially out, probably  to see of I was still around.


Both of these pictures were taken at noon yestererday.

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As you can tell, they were growing like “kids” do.

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And they liked to play.

They will be missed.

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A Long Strong Storm

We had a strong storm today that lasted from 10:30 till 1:30

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There was heavy rain and a lot of thunder. The thunder actually last at least three hours after the storm ended. Light rain continued too.

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The young ground hogs didn’t seem to mind the weather. It was probably fun.

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This one kept me laughing. It was under the bench for the picnic table out of the rain, munching away.

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It looked around before

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joining the others out in the yard. It was still raining relatively hard.

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I wonder if this one was surveying its domain.

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This is the adult. I don’t know if it saw me or not. It took off for the barn as fast as it could go.

 

A Slimy Resident

I found this slug on a leaf of a Solomon’s seal plant.

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A slug is a snail without a shell.

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Slugs live underground where they can remain moist.

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They feed on tender leaves, seedlings, soft fruit, fungus and decaying matter. They breathe through the “hole” in its shell called a mantle.

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Birds, toads and ground beetles are a few of the predators that eat them.

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Slugs are one thing I rarely see, and I wouldn’t have seen this one if it wasn’t for the wet weather.

Giant Solomon’s Seal … and More

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Giant Solomon’s Seal (Commutation sp.) grows at the edge of my spring wildflower garden. The garden is between a pine and a hackberry tree, with a sweetgum to the south. The arch of the Solomon’s Seal is three feet high.

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 The flowers are 3/4 inch long.

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The three to five flowers dangle from the leaf axils.

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Then I find this caterpillar on a young wild cherry tree nearby. I have yet to identify it.

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I went back out later to take a couple more pictures. And … one of the adult ground hogs came part way out of the barn while I was still out there, which was definitely a first! They usually dart under the barn if they see me moving in the house.

What a morning!and wasn’t even 10 a.m. yet!

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An hour later I looked out the picture window, and there was a red-eared slider heading east across the back yard. it didn’t cooperate while I was out there.

What a morning!!

Do You See Her?

The morning fog blurs the background of this picture.

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I sit on the couch across the living room from the window. Every time I sit here I see a face staring back at me from the oak outside the window (three windows side-by-side).

The leaf hanging on the left is her hair, the twig angling in from the top right is her closed eye, and the lowest leaf on the right is her mouth.

What is she thinking? Does she have a message for me?

Busy Little Groundhogs

It’s hard to get work done with the four young groundhogs becoming more active every day.

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It’s hard to get all four in the same picture. They’re all so active.

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They can see me move, even with me 40 yards away in the house.

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I wonder what holds their attention?

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Of course there’s rabbits, squirrels, and birds to watch in the backyard.

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I think this picture is just precious.

 

First Damselfly

I waded out in one of my flower gardens, and

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this damselfly landed right in front of me. It was my first damselfly this spring (early May). I’m not sure, but I think this is a male blue-ringed dancer. It was small, a little over an inch long, and didn’t stay long.