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!