Evidence of Danger

A pretty big snake was at some point inside the chicken pen long enough to shed its skin on some rocks near the water dispenser. The good news is that it was probably after the field mice that eat the discarded chicken feed on the ground after i put the chickens to bed. the bad …

A 1 AM Conversation with my Australian Shepherd

In actuality it is very difficult to put my aussie in the bed without having her destroy our mosquito net tent. She is very active, has a bull in a china shop vibe, and no concept of pain or personal space. However, it kills her soul to be away from her pack and sometimes i …

A Termite Swarm!

It had been raining for hours. We really really needed the rain so i was thrilled beyond belief. Also i didnt have to water all the trees and plants this evening. Nature did it plenty. I left the house briefly around sundown to put the door to the chicken coop on and then around 9 …

Tree Frogs

I’ve always had toads on the property but this year they exist in such an abundance that it is overwhelming. They are everywhere and i much enjoy their company. Its great fun to watch them use the porch stairs every morning at dawn and in the evening at dusk. However, this year there is a …

Name that Snake Round Two

This snake i actually encountered around 8 pm vs 10 pm, when there was still some daylight to see it by. I was able to see that it was not a rattler without getting close to it and upon further examination it is in all likelihood a checkered garter snake. These snakes are completely harmless …

Name that Snake

It was late. I had worked a full shift and closed at the store. It was nearly 10 pm and now i had to water all the plants by moonlight and the sky happened to be overcast. I parked the car, grabbed my pitcher, and headed for the spigot on the side of the well …

A Road Runner Egg

I found an egg on the ground. It looked like a smaller long and skinny version of my chicken eggs. It was perfectly in between the size of a wren egg and a chicken egg. It was a middle sized egg. I thought, what bird laid this egg? After some quick research i realized it …

Sassafras

When i realized i couldnt walk i went to the local eclectic shop in town and bought a handmade walking stick. I named it sassafras after the wood it was carved from. There was a story about the wood and the maker on the little card attached to it. Sassafras helped me to get around …

This Year’s Additional Orb Weavers

Usually i write a separate post for each orb weaver where i detail their differing personalities but honestly this year i havent been home enough to fully appreciate them. Working 7 days a week i barely discover them but admire them in passing…