Of butterflies and snakesPosted: March 14, 2012
We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.
~ Carl Sagan
There are a lot of butterflies in the glasshouse gardens at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. I captured a few with my camera during our visit to the Orchid Mania exhibit. I’ll bring you a few more butterflies along with some orchids soon.
And then there were two
(Warning: Another garter snake appearance coming up.)
I checked on the garter snake yesterday afternoon and found two where there had been one. There may well be more than two as they nest in large groups.
I’m wondering if we can somehow convince the snakes to nest elsewhere. The nest is close to where the cats are trained to stay when they’re outside, and Bella has not overlooked that fact. She’s very interested in the goings on of the garter snakes, and that has me somewhat worried. My previous cat, CJ the Warrioress, was once bitten by a snake. Venom was not the problem. Infection set in pretty quickly and it was not a pretty sight. Neither was the fun we had to go through to get antibiotics down her throat. I’d rather not have to deal with that again. I don’t think the cats would like it much, either.
I saw my first frogs and turtles of the season while out on my walk today. The spring peepers are alive and well and trilling in the woods. The fish are pretty active now, too. I saw a lot of fish at the back of the pond, bass and bluegills. Two of the bass I saw were over two feet in length. Looks like there will be some good fishing this year.
I was surprised to find the mosquitoes are out already. This may end up being a good year for the mosquitoes. White Nose Syndrome has been found in bats in northeast Ohio. Without the bats to keep down the mosquito and other insect populations, it could get buggy around here.
That’s it from the Bogs on this summer-like Wednesday. Thanks for dropping by. It is sunny and warm enough to wear shorts today. You’ll still want to wear boots or waterproof shoes if you’re going for a walk around the pond. Even with all the warm, sunny, dry weather, it continues to be surprisingly mushy. Thunderstorms are predicted for tomorrow. Bring your umbrella.