before i get to the captain emo thing...
here's a Red-bellied woodpecker in side yard.
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where i used to wander out back,
in the woods,
like bones, owl pellets, 100 yr old turpentine clay pots...
we now have 3-4 feet deep water!
it's been like that ever since we moved back home in november.
anyway...we decided to take the canoe out there.
we loaded up...pushed off...and then heard emo back on shore YELLING!!
we turned around to see what was up.
emo wanted to go for a ride.
he jumped in the canoe!!
rather than being a back-seat driver, he opted to ride up front...
...the captain of the canoe...giving orders...
"LOOK OUT FOR THAT DOWNED TREE!"
"WATCH OUT FOR THAT MESS OF BRAMBLES!"
"HEY!! A TURTLE! WHOAAAA!! GET THE CAMERA MOM!!"
this turtle has to be the biggest turtle i've seen in a looong time!
bigger than the ones on the rivers, or in the lakes.
anyway, it's tough canoeing back there. lots of downed trees & thickets of dead bushes & vines.
pretty cool. and weird.
really, i prefer the hiking. i wonder if the water table will be getting back to normal any time soon?!
a couple of days later...BOTH emo & otis are patiently waiting to go canoeing!
luckily, we haven't spotted any alligators out there!
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speaking of 'gators...makes me think of dinosaurs.
i saw this lizard (anole) on the side of the house, just peeking from under the eave.
stay cool. be safe.
"the world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful." ~e.e. cummings