Thursday, July 24, 2008

year of the predator

We've been watching the predators - the osprey, the peewee, the fishermen.
What DOES the fish think at the moment he's grabbed by the osprey?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

working in our area

favorite this month is the pee wee, works the west side of the yard in the morning & the east in the afternoon
tail flicker
regular perches include this sapling, the clothesline, & a naked oak branch

one of a pair of green herons, working along the dock
shy, skittish, amazing every time they're startled away
abrupt & awkward, in launch & flight
steady hunter

proliferation of bunnies

classico supineseductive this year, more than ever it seems, they're everywhere, all over the city & throughout the country, along the roadside, zipping across our street, dwelling in the yard, almost fearless, wide eyed, alert, hungry, living life

Sunday, July 6, 2008

distant view - heron in breeding plumage

yes, I was turned on

Duck Blind - New Kent

Duck Blind - New Kent

no additional structure necessary

Duck Blind - New Kent

two permits - does this qualify as two blinds?

orange umbrellas

We're tickled orange with our new sun umbrella gift.
Were a bit nervous about its bold swath but pleased all around.

Then we spotted this fashion forward duo fishing on the Chick. Clearly, orange is all the rage, even after hunting season.

a day on the water

with friends

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Santa Cruz California


We dug two holes yesterday.
Planted clothesline (after mixing 40lbs concrete)
in sunny spot & gift hydrangea in damp part.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Watch List - foodchain

Peewee chasing green dragonfly & missing, repeatedly.
Beak closing sounds like cupped clapping hands.
Dragonfliy chasing & catching Mayfly.
Together they are dancers, pursuer & pursued, swirling, darting, pausing, resuming.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

without Walker's Dam, there is no Lake Chickahominy

status report

Because the population of the Peninsula needs drinking water, we have a swamp & will keep having a swamp.
Good deal for us.

Watch List - crossing

Sunday trip: Richmond to New Kent, late, dark
white/grey possum crossed slowly Marshall Street just east of Lombardy
kitten dashed panicked across Interstate 64 east of Nine Mile Road

Monday trip: Richmond to New Kent, before dusk
5 bunnies, one after another, loping road side on Landing Road


The bunnies must start work about 7am.
6:45am no bunnies.
7am two hunched over their workstations.