Down the muskrat hole

The barn in the early morning

There is a danger to walking around the pond once the ground has been carpeted with leaves, especially at the back of the pond where the muskrats have excavated parts of the dam to make a home for themselves.

Today's view of the pond without processing.

The leaves cover the holes made by the muskrats and there is a risk, slight though it may be, that one could step into one of those muskrat holes and injure oneself.

Same view with processing.

Guess what I did today?

Looking up. (Focal zoom done in Picnik.)

Yep.  I stepped into a muskrat hole.  I think I’ll live, but I did manage to give my lower back a really good wrenching.  Looks like I will be hobbling for a day or two.

That’s my whinge for the day.  Now on to the hot air balloons I promised you.  On Tuesday we had a pair of hot air balloons come rather close to the house and pond.  I was even able to talk with the people in one of the balloons.

I was hoping to convince one of the groups to take a dip in the pond.  I have seen them dip into the Ohio River when we lived in southern Ohio, but so far no one has done it here at the pond.

I think the trees might be the discouraging factor.  I don’t know much about flying a hot air balloon, but I’m guessing getting up and down takes some time and space.  And if you’ve got a group of paying customers in the gondola with you, you probably don’t want to be messing around with time and space.  That could land you in some trees.

I thought they might do it when one of the guys in this balloon called out, “We’re going for a dip!”

But this was as close as he got to taking a dip in the pond.  Oh well…  Maybe another time.

Asters gathering round the maple tree. (Another play date photo.)

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  Do be careful around the back of the pond.  I forgot to mark that muskrat hole as a warning to others.  I’ll try to get back there tomorrow to do it.

23 Comments on “Down the muskrat hole”

  1. tedgriffith says:

    I do hope that you are not to badly injured! 😦 I’ve done the same thing except with prairie dog holes hidden in grass and brush. Hopefully everything will be better tomorrow. Love the pictures, especially the processed image of the pond. 🙂

  2. Grrrr – muskrats! Hope they don’t destabilize your dam…I thought the coyotes got all the ones in my pond, but I just saw another not two days ago…

    Good that you’re already a few weeks into the yoga – just that little extra balance may have spared you a worse strain. It will help you heal faster, too!

  3. Bless your hear, Robin. Sara threw her back out last week, and is still not fully recovered, so I hope you’ll take it easy. Be careful————

  4. Those evil muskrats! 😉 Hope your back is better soon. Great photos today. Really good. Love seeing the fire in the balloon. I really like the last photo of the flowers too.

  5. That’s a beautiful barn photo, with all of those cruchy leaves on the ground beneath. I’d love to take a walk through those (I’m guessing there’s no muskrats around the barn?) Hopefully your back won’t trouble you for too long. 😦

    Great hot air ballon shots. Did you get an email address from one of them, so you could send them some photos? 😉 How great was that, that you could talk to your overhead visitors? 🙂

  6. Kel says:

    oh dear! we don’t have muskrats, but we have rabbits and their holes all over our property
    hope you can find a yoga pose that puts the hips back in equilibrium

  7. jane tims says:

    Hi. Your bad back has not hurt your photos. I love ‘looking up’, how the upper tip on the rush points up and is in perfect focus, and how the leaves dip into the clouds. Jane

  8. mimo khair says:

    These shots are amazing Robin. Sorry about your back. The colors are breathtaking

  9. Your use of color is superb in today’s photos! Sorry to hear about your misadventure- luckily nothing worse came of it.

  10. I have never gotten a good look at a muskrat. I do know that some people a few counties over eat them. (Is that a bad thing?) I like the way you warn the readers to be careful when walking around the pond. We DO walk with you everyday!! Hey–pretty cool that the balloons are often flying overhead.

  11. afrankangle says:

    Good pics … but love the effects. Being new, wow … nice pond. Most importantly, wishing you a speedy healing.

  12. Marianne says:

    Sorry to hear about stepping into the muskrat hole, Robin. Hope you recover quickly. Sounds exciting to talk to people in the hot air balloon. Great pics! A hot air balloon ride looks fascinating. I think I would be too fearful right now to actually go up in one though. One day that may pass.

    Love today’s quote. It’s a great question.

  13. Anna says:

    I just love the Asters gathering round the maple tree image! Beautiful! Oh my, I hope you recover soon from your fall into the muskrat hole. Great photos of the hot air balloon!

  14. giselzitrone says:

    Ein lieber Gruss von mir schöne Fotos kann mit der Googel Übersetzung alles lessen ist sehr schön wünsche ein schönes Wochenende und schicke liebe Grüsse Gislinde

  15. penpusherpen says:

    Hope your back doesn’t give you to much trouble Robin, and heals itself in no time…The first photo of the Barn is just so colourful,with sun and shade that I can’t stop looking at it… Golden thoughts… WE had a few Balloons fly past our house a few months ago, but not low enough to chat…Now that would’ve made my day… Now where was that Muskrat hole again?.. It’s ok I found it!!…. 😀 xPenx

  16. Eden says:

    Lovely work, Robin!

  17. ElizOF says:

    It is amazing that you could speak with them… I would love to see an air balloon that close to my home… Bliss.:-)

  18. ElizOF says:

    Hope you feel better soon… Take it easy for some time to help heal your back… Blessings!

  19. Robin says:

    Thank you everyone! 🙂

  20. Every time I come to your blog and see your beautiful photos, I think about how lucky you are to live where you live.
    How cool, that one of the hot air balloons came close enough for you to talk to the people inside!
    Hope your back feels better soon!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Michaela. I’m fine now. 🙂

      I agree. I am very lucky. If someone had told me years ago that I’d love living in Ohio, I’d have told them they are crazy. I never expected to enjoy and come to love where I live this much. 😀

  21. CMSmith says:

    Sorry about your back. I hope you are feeling better.

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