Saturday, June 2, 2012

In my backyard...

Hello hello!!!  Wow, where did May go?  So Monday we went for a drive and a look/see and saw two black snakes crossing the road.  One of the snakes had almost made it to the other side, so we just paused in the car to make sure he got safely across.  The other one [smiling from above] was just sitting in the road petrified.  I think several cars and gone over him and he didn't know what to do.  His whole little body was rigid and stiff.  In an effort to calm him, I laid in the road and talked softly to him [and took his picture] and then I gently nudged him with a stick, until he crawled safely across the road and into the grass.  Later, we had a really nice and refreshing rain shower that had everything wet and glistening.  I was standing in Wayne's office talking and just so happened to look out the window to see a little box turtle down by the garden.  Of course, the first thing I do, is grab my camera and go flying out the door:
We've lived here five years and I've only seen two turtles in the yard, so I mean what are the chances?  Especially seeing one from the window!  And you know, we do live in the forest, so the chances of seeing a small turtle from the 2nd story window is pretty darn slim.  But, low and behold, there she was and seeming to enjoy the rain that was gently washing her dusty shell.  I got closer and closer with my camera and she didn't seem to mind...but then I noticed that her back legs were stuck straight out, so I looked behind her:
Yep!  She had dug out a hole and was laying eggs!  Can you believe it!  I was squealing in the yard, rain and all!!!  Why oh why or how did this little turtle know that I would see her and that yes, I would build a little chicken wire cage to surround the nest and keep the eggs safe from harm until they hatch about three months from now.  How did she know?  I think this little guy may have told her:
This is a grown up version of the Red Spotted Newt ~ so cute!  He was hanging out in the garden with this beautiful little mama Wolf Spider that had her babies on her back:
And where can you see things like this, you may ask?  In your own back yard!!  Happy Saturday!!  Keep your eyes open wide :)

love & peace always ~ Kathy

“I shall pass through this life but once. Any good therefore that I can do, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it. For I shall never pass this way again” – Etienne de Grellet

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