First Snow

Saturday, December 9, 2017,

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We had our first real snowfall today. Nothing major. I think a total of five to seven inches are expected when the weather clears tomorrow morning. I was on a bird walk at Avalon Park and Preserve this morning when the snow began to kick in.

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The bird walk was one of Four Harbors Audubon’s regularly scheduled walks. We walk at Avalon and Frank Melville Memorial Park every second Saturday of each month. We had a very small gathering at Avalon, only four of us altogether. I guess the forecast scared some of our regular walkers off. I guess the snow isn’t for everybody.

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As it turned out, it wasn’t a very big day for bird watching anyway. We saw a few but no great numbers of anything. However, we did come across a small herd of five deer. Three does and two fawns. It was the first snow of the season for us, but for those two fawns it was their first snow ever. They didn’t seem very impressed but the snow was really just beginning when I took these photos.

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Shelob and Frodo

Wednesday, September 27, 2017,

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Dear reader, after two flowery posts of, well, flowers, I felt we needed something a bit grittier. Something to keep us all grounded. I never promised anyone a rose garden, or all Asters either. Beauty comes in all shapes, even gruesome ones. I came across this scene in one of the fields at Avalon Park and Preserve. I had just seen a mother Goldfinch feeding one of her fledglings and I was thinking that was a cool thing to see when Mother Nature presented me with another treat.

20170908093300 (1)-5x7wtww30 This spider and her prey put me in mind of Shelob, the spider from the Lord of the Rings story. For those of you who didn’t read the books or see the movies, Shelob is a monstrous spider that pretty much captures and eats anyone or anything that comes her way. She captures Frodo, one of the heroes of the story and then she…. She tells you to read the book ’cause it’s a great tale.

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Another Aster

Saturday, September 23, 2017,

20170908094219 (1)-3x5awtww30This is a New England Aster, the same kind of flower that was featured in my previous post. Click on the photo to see a larger version. I’d like to thank my friend Sue Avery for identifying these flowers for me. Sue, who is a Master Gardener, makes nearly all of the plant identifications that I post here at Joe Kayaker. When I post a pic of a butterfly, chances are that Sue is the person who told me the name of the flower that butterfly is perched on. Sue has her own blog, The Tangled Wood, in which she shares her own observations of nature. It makes for a good read and I wholeheartedly recommend that you check it out. JK