I was not at ease exploring whatever it was that I had stumbled upon, and yet I could not just slip back into the woods without allowing my curiosity a closer look.Here is one close-up lignified creature that I almost expected to begin moving towards me--a wooden slug with waggling antennae--just one in this menagerie of oddities.I made one other stop--that I will relate to you, anon-- before I was overcome by the overwhelming feeling that there had been eyes on me all the while.
I don't know what I intended from my walk up the steep ridge behind the house. It was so foggy when I set out that I almost turned around right away for fear of quickly becoming lost.But something drew me higher, farther and farther from any familiar landmark in these woods I thought I knew well, the more strange and disorienting for the thick whiteness in every direction. Up was, at least, still up. I would eventually reach the crest.Eventually, after hours and I don't know how many miles later and hundreds feet higher than the house, the forest gave … Continue Reading ››
There have not been a lot of rose-smelling pauses around here lately. And I'm most of the time not knowing whether to scratch my watch or wind my butt, as some unnamed fellow-southern-person famously said.It has been (blessedly) rainy here of late and we're about to catch up with the deficit for the year. Some of it has come as frog-choking downpours. Some as gentle day-long mist.The heavy-fog gentle drizzles leave a different signature on the land and vegetation than the heavy drops that come like buckets poured from heaven.One of those signatures of mist or heavy dew overnight is this tinsel … Continue Reading ››
While the cat's away...but it wasn't mice in the garden while we were out of town. It was beetles, weeds, and from the outside, deer browsing on the beans along the fence. Oh well. All that hard work to make pretty gone to seed.Point is, there is an incredible amount of catching up to do. The good news is: I am prepared and able to do it. Three days ago, not at all.I've never been so disabled by pain as I was Thursday night. After 4-5 dozen back muscle spasms (following a 14 hour drive home from MO) I was beginning … Continue Reading ››
I have unnecessarily dreaded the blistering heat I expected for our July visit to West Plains, Missouri to visit the wife's family.
It will be hot enough for mountain folk, but tolerable enough that we'll get down to the ponds this afternoon to catch green sunfish and catfish for a fish-fry tonight on the deck in the cool of the evening.
Meanwhile I'm seeing more flowering plants that are new to me, and hearing more from the "local ag extension" end of things by way … Continue Reading ››