180: Of bugs and bones

(Attracted to the clean laundry.)

After posting yesterday I decided to go out for a stroll around the pond.  The weather was too nice not to.  Even Izzy agreed it was a great day to be outdoors.

(Izzy joyfully rolling around on the warm flagstones.)

Izzy, being a bit of a ‘fraidy cat, tends to hide under the deck.  You know it’s a nice day when she decides to come out.


Shortly after I started my walk I came across some bones scattered on the lawn by one of the old maple trees.  I was amazed at how clean they were, as if they had been out there for a while, weathering in the sun.  I’m not sure what the animal was, but I’m thinking an opossum based on the shape of the jaw.  It has that snouty sort of look to it.

Leaving the bones behind, I moved on to the garden area.  The pussy willow, which lives near the garden, is covered with catkins now.  I couldn’t quite capture the rainbow colors in the catkins that were in being highlighted by the sun.


There were two ducks (Buffleheads) swimming around the pond, occasionally flying from one end to the other when they thought I was too close.  They don’t make it easy to photograph them, that’s for sure.  This is the first year we’ve had Buffleheads come for a visit.

(Flies on freshly cut wood.)

I could be wrong but I think the flies will be bad this year.  M has been out chopping wood and thinning trees lately, and I noticed yesterday that the freshly cut wood was covered with flies.  Most of them dispersed when I stepped closer to take a photo.

At the back of the pond, the maple trees are sprouting these little fuzzy things.  I could tell before I got back there something was going on with the trees as they are looking fuller, almost as if the leaves are ready to burst out.

The turtles are out and about.  I saw three of them, sunning themselves by the side of the pond.  They were too fast for me to capture with the camera.  They looked like common mud turtles.  I also saw evidence that the bigger fish are stirring.  I didn’t see the fish themselves, but lots of ripples and splashes.  There are lots of small fish hanging around near the edges of the pond.  They don’t seem to mind my company as much as the bigger fish do.

Today’s walk

I didn’t see the turtles today although I did see the mud clouds they make in the pond when they disappear into the mud and leaves at the bottom.  What I did get a good gander at was a muskrat.  I do hope there are some mink around somewhere to take care of the muskrat.

There was only one little duckie out on the pond.  He didn’t seem to mind me too much.  He kept swimming back and forth on the other side of the pond, keeping pace with me.

The creek is finally making its way back to its banks, leaving behind a mess of mud and debris.  I don’t know if we’ll bother to clean any of that up or not.  A couple of good rains and it’s all likely to get washed away.

I did notice that I can see the old barn stones once again.  I can’t remember the last time I saw them.  Probably not since the first snowfall.  The barn stones are on the neighbor’s property.  The guy that used to live over there wanted to sell them.  We offered to buy a few.  He said no.  He wanted to sell them all at once as a big group.  When he didn’t find any buyers, he did the spiteful thing.  He hauled them down to the creek and dumped them.


Sometimes people do the strangest things.

It’s cloudy and in the 40’s here today.  Rain is coming.  That will be followed by snow on Thursday and Friday, with temperatures dipping back down below freezing.

I hope the flowers make it through Winter’s brief return.  There are so many daffodils and tulips out there looking ready to bloom.  Hopefully they will hold off until it warms up again.

25 Comments on “180: Of bugs and bones”

  1. Karma says:

    A kitty in the sunshine – how sweet. I love your buffleheads too. I guess they are supposed to be common in the area where I vacation in Maine, but I don’t remember seeing them among the many birds I usually see. And I can’t believe how close to bloom those daffodils look! I don’t see my daffs until late April.

  2. Karma says:

    Oh I forgot to add this PS: when are you going to tell us what the mystery pic in macro shots is?

  3. jenna says:

    zomg! look at that pusscat!! She wants a scratch under da chin.

    Will you mail me those bones? Please?

    • Robin says:

      That pusscat is spoiled rotten, J.

      Sure. I’ll mail the bones to you. I’ll go collect ’em when the rain stops. Or have the LM collect ’em.

  4. Yours must be a lucky blog, because it was cloudy here all day… until I started reading your blog, then the sun finally came out 🙂
    I like those fuzzy things on the maple tree. Crossing my fingers that the snow and cold won’t damage all those pretty flowers about to bloom.

    • Robin says:

      I wish my blog worked that way for me, Michaela. It’s been cloudy for two days here.

      We did get a dusting of snow last night, but so far, it’s not so bad. 🙂

  5. I love your kitty, Robin, and I love how cats in general roll on warm tiles. My cat loves it when I stroke his belly while he rolls.
    Turtles were too fast for you? What kind of turtles are those?
    The willow thingy is beautiful, and the picture of the duck in the middle of the pond and the water in sepia tones is breathtaking. You should print it and hang it somewhere.

  6. SWK says:

    That’s a happy cat! Love the duck picture as well.

  7. sherri says:

    Hope the freeze doesn’t get your spring flowers. Love your calico kitty….so precious.

  8. Are they ” Project Patio” stones that Izzy is rolling around on? I always enjoy a visit from Izzy, she’s a pretty little girl. 🙂

    Do you know much about extracting the syrup from the maple trees? I love maple syrup and what I have heard about how the syrup is extracted is so interesting, although I haven’t seen too many photos of the trees or their fuzzy buds before.

    • Robin says:

      They are “Project Patio” stones, Joanne. Good eye! When things start growing out there I’ll take a “final” shot of the project. It looks kind of bare and muddy right now.

      I wrote up a couple of posts about tapping the maple trees. It’s a big thing around here, and Ohio maple syrup is very tasty stuff. We haven’t yet attempted to tap our trees. We did, however, plant about 20 or so sugar maples for some future generations to tap someday.

  9. Kel says:

    buffleheaded duck
    they look very cute
    but how funny is their name?

  10. penpusherpen says:

    from a ‘puddy tat’ (sorry Izzy) to a pussy willow, complete with catkins.. 😉
    Lovely life awakening anew photo’s and those barn stones look full of character. As you say, Robin, people do the strangest things and it makes you wonder sometimes, but then we’re all separated by how our minds work and reason.I’d love to be able to ask him ‘why?’ just to know. xPenx

    • Robin says:

      Lots of feline in this post, Pen. I didn’t realize it until you pointed it out. 🙂

      I didn’t know the guy very well, but I suspect the answer to “why” is “because he could.” He was a strange fellow, who seemed to find reasons to have a grudge against everyone. Rather strange when you consider he was also extremely (as in fundamentalist) religious, holding prayer circles on his front lawn frequently. He was part of one of those Christian sects where the women have to wear long skirts (never trousers!) and long sleeved shirts, and they don’t cut their hair.

  11. Marcie says:

    The first image of the singular bug is terrific! Amazing the things you find on your daily walks! Looks like beautiful spring..at long last..

  12. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Izzy is so sweet and looks so content in the sunshine! I don’t think I’ve ever seen Buffleheads before… I enjoyed all the interesting sights on your walk, from the bug enjoying the laundry to the daffodils getting ready for their first appearance! (I hope you don’t have a bad fly season, though – do you have many bats? Or is it mosquitoes that the bats eat?)

    • Robin says:

      Barbara: I’m not sure I would describe Izzy as “sweet” although she does look that way in this particular photo. I sometimes think Izzy has Asperger’s syndrome. She’s very clever, yet doesn’t care much for socializing unless she initiates it, and she has certain patterns of behavior that are repetitive.

      Her sister, Bella, is the sweet one. She’s dumb as a post, but so laid back. I want to be Bella someday. She is the most relaxed creature, under ANY circumstances, I’ve ever encountered.

      We do have bats. Lots of them. I love to watch them swooping over the pond during the summer months. I think they eat mosquitoes. Not sure if they eat flies or not.

  13. helene says:

    I’m on the west coast of British Columbia and I just had a load of firewood delivered and the wood lying in the sun is covered with flies too; seem to be at the sap on the line between the bark and the wood.

    • Robin says:

      I hadn’t thought about the sap, Helene. I think you’re right. The sugar must be drawing them.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

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