Beau May 7th, 2008
Lots of rain coming today while I’m working on moving rocks. And it’s a great time to move a few plants around with the softer soil. In a couple of months the ground will be dry as a bone. I’ve been taking so many pictures along the way it’s hard to keep up.
Yesterday while working behind the barn the yellow lab found a surprise that turned out to be a Black Rat Snake. A very common snake in the area, although we don’t see them very much. The lab wanted to see what this new thing was, but was obviously wary.
I was amazed after we left it alone, to see it literally climbing up an oak tree! I have seen them climb around branches and cavities, but never straight up the side of a tree. The birds must think this their greatest nemesis in spring.
After it perched on a branch it reminded me of being in a jungle somewhere. Gee, I hope I’m not losing readers with my snake pictures! :)
Actually, these snakes are good to have around. They’re harmless to people really, and catch smaller rodents such as mice to keep populations in check. But this one was about 5-6 feet long and would give you quite a surprise!
But the May Apples and Dogwoods are blooming! The leaves are almost fully out and everything looks so lush. Now it’s really hard to keep up with the grass and weeds, but somehow I don’t think it really matters… it’s just nice to enjoy the spring season.
Alas our geese family didn’t seem to make it this year. On Saturday I saw two adult geese honking and swimming around by themselves. Then the same again yesterday, and I haven’t seen the little ones since last week. All I can think of is that a predator must have got to them. The cycle of life perhaps, but after seeing the little guys we were hoping to watch them grow. There’s always next year perhaps.