Sunday, August 23, 2015

Eastern Box Turtle

 
 
Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell. - Bill Copeland
 
This eastern box turtle seemed perfectly fine with me sitting there photographing it. Makes me wonder if this is one of the turtles I rescued last year.  Turtles may seem like they would make great pets but the truth is captivity is one of the reasons the these turtles are in decline.  It is estimated that there has been a 30% decline in population over the last three generations.  Every state has made it illegal to capture and sell these turtles for profit except for South Carolina.   It is widely believed that the average life of a turtle once it is captive is 3 years.  In the wild they typically live 25-30 years and have been known to reach ages of 50 years. 
 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Hurricane Danny

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. - Willa Cather

The formation of Hurricane Danny got me browsing my old photos from Hurricane Sandy.  This photo was taken not long after the storm and while the buildings were damaged on Liberty Island it was nice to see Lady Liberty weathered the storm quite well. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Back on the Appalachian Trail - At least for the weekend.


 
I was able to get back to North Georgia and hike a section of the Appalachian Trail from Unicoi Gap to Neel's Gap.  The fog had frozen to the trees, a condition called Hard Rime or Hoar Frost, and made for some really incredible views.  We hiked about 7 miles on Friday including a climb up Blue Mountain from Unicoi Gap.  We thought we had gone 8 miles and setup camp at what turned up to be a mile short of the Gap we thought we were at.
 
 
 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tree Frog Likes My Grow Lights


" We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view" - Mao Zedong

While working in the greenhouse today I kept hearing a tree frog but couldn't pinpoint the location.  A few hours later I ran into this little fellow while watering my cucumber seedlings.  I believe it is a Spring Peeper frog.  I will need to hear it again to confirm though.  

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Adding Cattails to the Pond.


"Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong" - Winston Churchill
You are probably wondering why anyone would add cattails to their pond, but cattails are actually one of the more beneficial of all wild plants.  The roots for example contain more starch than potatoes and more protein than rice.  The tubers are supposedly very tasty when baked.  Some people ever use the pollen from cattails in their baked goods.  The flour in early spring is gluten free.   Songbirds use the fluff from the flowers in their nest and many wild birds including ducks nest in cattails.  My plan is to limit the areas that contain the cattails but I did want to add them to the site because they are so beneficial, not only as a food source, but for other purposes as well.