Pumpkin’s watery grave

This Jack O Lantern probably graced someone’s front porch last weekend for Halloween. Even though you can’t see the face, the top removal is evidence of some decorative artwork. How or why this pumpkin found its way into the center of this shallow river is a mystery.

No more campaign ads, now we just have to get through the counting and lawsuits. Be safe! COVID’s getting worse just about everywhere. 

A surprise reptilian visitor

We were planting some new bulbs today in our herb/flower garden. We also moved some Asiatic lily bulbs from the front of the house to the back yard as well. When I looked into a bucket we used to move the lily bulbs I noticed this colorful little guy. He is a Five Lined Skink. He is about 5 inches long, and he has lost a part of his tail. We’ve never seen one around before. He’s now making a new home in our bulb/herb/flower garden.

Fall on a river

The fall is such a beautiful time of year. This little sometimes island has become home for a couple of driftwood trees. The foliage colors are still sharing their brilliance as fallen leaves take a journey down the calm waters of the river.

Just think, in a little less than two weeks the election will be over and we’ll no longer have to put up with all of those ridiculous, offensive, and repetitive campaign ads on TV, radio and print.

Continue to be careful and safe. COVID-19 is on the rise in many many areas of the country. Now is not the time to relax wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing.

A thrilling sighting of our nation’s symbol

On my walk  a very nice fellow on a bicycle pointed out a bald eagle on a dead snag several hundred feet away.  What a thrill it was to see a bald eagle, which is not at all a common sight in our area. This magnificent bird was in a tree overlooking a river with farm fields on the other side. Best photo I could get on the iPhone.

Get outside, you never know what you might see! Just do it safely!

Two hawks on today’s walk


I had just started on my morning walk today when some movement in the sky caught my attention.

I expected to see turkey vultures but much to my delight there were two hawks enjoying flying together, circling and enjoying each other’s company. The photo is not the best, but I guess reasonable for an iPhone shot of hawks at least 100 yards up. Spotting birds of prey always make my day!

Three herbs and a rock

This is Oregano

Here is the Sage

This is Sweet Basil

And here’s the rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some pictures from our herb and flower garden. Also one of many rocks in the garden. Look closely at the rock shot, there is another herb, Chives, that is blurry in the background. Landscaping this little piece of of our property, tending it and watching things grow has been one way we have kept busy during our isolation during this pesky COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately the virus still marches on.

Got three for you

1st photo taken

2nd photo taken

3rd photo taken

I missed the rose in the first photo blooming yesterday. So out for pictures I go, and there to my delight is another bud starting to bloom (second photo). And then while taking the second photo low and behold I spotted yet another bud hiding under the rose in bloom. Three roses to share with you all.

Photo-bombed by a dove

I wanted to get a photo of this female Cardinal, who I think may be a juvenile.  She kept facing away from the camera. Finally she did turn so I could get an image of her face. Then here came one of those pesky Mourning doves (aka rain crows) who successfully photo-bombed the shot and spooked the Cardinal. Sigh….

Hunting for and finding some tasty morsels

We have been putting ears of field corn out on a couple of trees in the backyard. It has been fun watching the squirrels working the corn. They of course knock kernels off the cob, and some are consumed right away. However, most of the kernels were buried, most within about a 30′ radius around the trees.

This little guy was digging up corn kernels today. There has been over an inch and a half of rain in the last 24 hours. Digging up the kernels resulted in very muddy snacks for sure. It was fun watching him dig a kernel up, wipe the mud off and eat. We have enjoyed seeing squirrels burying corn, today we saw this one returning to and excavating a treat or two.