Turkeys Turkeys Turkeys! Gobbling and dancing and prancing and desperately trying to mate! They are really quite a beautiful bird.
Two large snapping turtles, about twenty feet apart on my neighborhood rail trail, apparently laying eggs in the crushed stone at the edge of the trail. Also four rabbits, a groundhog and a couple of deer.
Ah, suburban wildlife.
Faster Than Your Couch!
Sprinklers watering the lawn.
That wouldn't be so unusual, but it had been raining for hours already, and the sprinklers were still on. That will make for some nice puddles to splash through on my way to the trail.
Run for fun.
A big wood turtle, a quail, and a few turkeys. The turtle moved away quickly when he/she saw me, quite surprising, you'd think turtles are somewhat slow. Maybe it was a sprinter.
I just checked, and it seems it was actually a Common Map Turtle.
A porcupine in the middle of the trail with his business end facing me. I asked him to move along but he demured. I stepped off the trail and walked around him, the whole time, he waddled in a 180 so when I stepped back on the trial I was still facing the quills. Best move along, do not taunt the porky.
10 below the new normal
A skunk that thankfully my dog didn't see and a opossum that he did see. He quickly grabbed it and brought it to me for a closer look.
It must of tasted bad because once I got him to drop the opossum he wanted a drink of water.
Man am I glad he didn't see the skunk.
A stunning weather phenomenon: A cloud wave crashing into a hill, forming a "tube" (like you see in surfing)
In my area, the mountains consist of several parallel ridges. So the air streaming across those ridges forms waves, and if there are clouds, these waves are visible as "wavy" clouds.
Today, the air must have been streaming across the mountains at just the right speed to get into resonance, so the waves gained height with every ridge. The mountain in front of my house is the last ridge, and the next "ridge" is actually just a small, 50 ft high hill.
I saw a cloud stream down the mountain at high speed, roll "up" that little hill (at some hundred feet above ground, but the air obviously reproduced that hill even at that elevation), and then tumble over, forming a rotating tube, just like a wave in the ocean does when it hits a cliff near the beach.
If one could surf on clouds, this would have been the tube of a lifetime.
It was not a tornado forming, or a vertical turbulence, it was horizontal, looked different from a tornado cloud, and slowly dissolved after a while.
The whole thing happened within two or three minutes, not more.
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