Snappers in Summer

After work, the evening walk along the pond refreshes the spirit, the Filipendula rise to blush against the weeping willow:Lately there are sightings of the baby muskratsand often the young egret joins its parentJust a few weeks ago, our resident snapping turtle made her journey from the pond to the hillside slope to dig a hole, lay her eggs, and then headed back for the pond:If I had not seen the laying of the eggs, I might have thought it was Timothy!  Have you read Verlyn Klinkenborg’s “Timothy; or Notes of an Abject Reptile?”  If you are any kind of Nature lover or conservationist, you must!  No, this is a female and she has great courage as she instinctively crosses the driveway.My evening walk continues.  How can one be angry, approaching the raised beds, even knowing there will be some damage as various animals and insects have come to feast at your table?  We are the brainy ones, and we have no one to blame but ourselves if we have not outwitted those further down the food chain!  The dahlia cages seem to be working (knock on wood!)The tomatoes are safe for the moment – no so, the marigolds (!), peas, beans, cilantro, parsley, cucumbers and squash.  I enjoy observing the different growing habit for the two cherry tomatoes growing, 

Sweet 100 (below) and the Ladybug (shown at the right).

Every evening, some new discovery.  I think of Timothy, who says, “I was the leaseholder on my own existence…”

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About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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5 Responses to Snappers in Summer

  1. Everything looking good – love the Egret.

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  2. Tricia says:

    This is the best post yet! Considering the quality of the others, that’s saying something! I did try to read Verlyn Klingkenborg’s books but found I liked his short posts better. I want one of those egrets…

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  3. Jayne,
    I admire your attitude about coexisting with the wealth of your amazing wildlife and still you garden. Lesser souls would have given up quite quickly. Enjoyed the post. Thanks.

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  4. Cathy says:

    Wonderful post. We live next to a conservation area and so we experience the joy of many different forms of wildlife. Sometimes it IS hard to co-exist… but we still work hard to protect that ecosystem. I love your snapper! We occasionally have turtles visiting our pond… mostly frogs, though, and they are a welcome sight and sound!

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