Two weeks ago I blogged about the Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth laying eggs on a little honeysuckle plant that had volunteered in the garden. Some of the eggs have hatched and i have tried to follow the little caterpillars.
|This just hatched caterpillar was so small that I didn't know it was there until I looked at the photos Of course I ran back out to find it and photograph it on purpose. Tiny little thing, isn't it?|
My project for today and tomorrow is to finish the garden path section that had been removed 2 or 3 years ago when we put the patio in. I got a fair amount done today. First I weeded that section of the garden and spread shredded bark mulch that had been sitting there in a pile for 2 or so years. I know, I know - I put the "pro" in procrastinate. ;-) I rough-prepped the ground and was able to get about 15 feet of stone positioned and settled in place.
|I took these next 2 photos today. This one is growing larger; you can gauge its size in comparison to the tip of my index finger.|
|Here is the part of the path I did today starting from the patio and going toward the side to meet up with the path that goes around the side and across the front to the driveway.|
|I have about 7 feet left to do. It will be sort of like the meeting of the Union and Pacific railway lines. No one to blame but myself if they don't line up.|
It is not unusual to see eagles soaring overhead around here, but I have never seen one in a tree except along the Mississippi River or one of the other rivers around here - certainly never in our woods!
That was hard work because most of the stone was in the back yard and I had to haul it up the steps to the side yard. I also spread 7 wheel barrow loads of mulch, which Dennis very kindly loaded and wheeled to me, and did a lot of weeding. But prepping the ground for the path was the hardest. I was inside taking a break while reading my favorite blogs when I heard this loud commotion outside. It sounded sort of like the blue jays when they imitate a red-shouldered hawk, but much louder and really carrying on for some time. I ran outside to see what it could be and saw this in a tree in the woods behind our house:
|A bald eagle!|
It was not spooked by me and the camera or even by me calling to Dennis to come and see. It hung around for about 10-15 minutes (enough time for me to take 93 photos, most of them too poor to keep) before flying off. I tell you, it made my day.
|Too bad the light was against me, but with some tweaking - OK, a lot of tweaking, the photos aren't too bad. And what a thrill!|