248: First boat ride of the seasonPosted: May 29, 2011
I took my first pedal boat ride of the season yesterday afternoon. I pedaled around the pond a few times, took a few photos, then I put my feet up and drifted for a while, enjoying the sunshine and the breeze.
Life is pretty busy in and around the pond. There were all kinds of creatures swimming, hopping, flying, buzzing, sitting, and walking.
The frogs are more vocal than they have been, mostly warning each other of my approach when I was pedaling along the edges of the pond trying to spot a frog or turtle.
That mud and algae covered bump is a snapping turtle. If you look closely you can see its head. Snapping turtles like to bury themselves in the mud when they fish.
I have a few photos of M jumping off the swim platform and going for the first swim of the season, but you can see him too well so I won’t be posting them. I mention it just to put on record that yes, we do swim in the pond. At its deepest, the pond is 13 feet so jumping off the swim platform is safe (and fun). He said the water is warm on top and cold just a few inches in which is typical for this early in the season and (he said) not so bad when you consider how cloudy, rainy, and cold it has been this spring.
I took a short walk after my boat ride to admire the rhododendrons which are doing marvelously well this year.
On my way back to the house I came across this little creature, sitting on a dandelion:
My favorite lawn flower is just starting to pop up and bloom. Hawkweed was introduced to North America. Farmers in New England named it Devil’s Paintbrush because they saw it as a troublesome weed. The name Hawkweed is derived from a folk belief that hawks ate the flower to aid their vision.
Today’s Outdoor Adventures
It’s early morning as I put this post together. I will schedule it to auto-post later today. M and I are going on a bike ride with M the Younger and his lovely wife, after which we’ll be spending the day with them. I suspect it’s going to be a full, fun day, and I won’t have time for blogging so…
You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out about today’s adventures. 8)