Cattail Without a Cat
I never could figure out why these plants are called 'cattails'. And I still don't know. They are called 'bulrushes' in England and some other places.
"Cattails are wetland plants with a unique flowering spike, flat blade like leaves that reach heights from 3 to 10 feet. They are one of the most common plants in large marshes and on the edge of ponds. Two species are most common in US: broad leaved cattail (T. latifolia) and narrow leaf cattail (T. angustifolia)."
"Cattails prefer shallow, flooded conditions and easily get established along a pond shoreline or in waters one to 1.5 feet or less in depth. When unimpeded however, the cattail beds will expand and can extend their hefty rhizomes well out into pond surface, actually floating above much deeper waters. Cattails need to have “wet feet” during most of the growing season."
Need a Fill Up?
This gas pump sits alongside a big garage just down the road from where we live. I have walked by it several times and wanted to get a photo, so here it is! I think Polly wants to be paid in crackers! :)
Vern by Carol
Carol shot some pictures of me today with Ruger, Angie and Mike's Boxer. I never like any pictures of me but this seemed to be the best one. I would rather take pictures of her any day. I am now 82 years young. :)
Ruger always greets us anytime we come home and expects a treat. The nice welcome is well worth the small treat!
Peacock Feather in Warm Light
Poor Peabody! He is already losing his beautiful feathers he displays for winning a female's heart. We have found a half dozen or so in the yard. I thought it would be a great opportunity to try out a new lens, and can say I am pleased. Such beauty of design in that wonderful feather!
Color in the Spotlight!
I passed by a wooded area on my photo walk and spotted these colorful flowers in a patch of light. I thought it was a pretty sight.
Great Blue Heron At Rest
I don't believe I have ever seen a heron lying down like this one did at Delta Ponds. I was quite surprised. After a while it got up and began browsing along the water's edge. I guess all creatures feel the need for a break once in a while!
1939 Plymouth, or Thereabouts!
I remember when the Plymouth was a pretty popular car. I think this one is a 1939 model, as they were given a more modern look in 1940. Whatever the year, the car looks to be in fine condition, with new wheels and tires. Sure glad to see it still in use, rather than sitting neglected and rusting away. My father had a 1948 Plymouth, a very nice car.
Some Guys With a Lot of Pull!
We attended a graduation party for our grandson, Zach, yesterday. It was a very hot day, but everyone had fun. Among the fun things the young people enjoyed was this tug-of-war game. Our grandson is the second on the right on the team on the right. Zach's mom and dad are in the background. By looking I think you can tell which team would win. :) But turned out to be a real contest. Most of the onlookers were under the roof of the of the pavilion behind me. At least I was able to get two to show that they did have an audience.
These fishermen were getting all set for a day of fishing on Fern Ridge Lake when I stopped by to look at the lake. I liked the reflection, making a double image.
Take That, Spiderman!
Tree Frogs are the cutest little things, so tiny! When I let Miko out the backdoor, I noticed this little one on our doorframe. Naturally I had to run and get my camera for a shot or two. The frog was in a position that made a great shot difficult, so I did my best.
As mentioned, the frog has the unique ability to climb straight up a wall and stay there securely. Such wisdom we see in nature! According to a video on YouTube, "The Red-Eyed Tree Frog has survived for millions of years because of its colourful adaptations, and it may still be evolving. But how?" That is the question for sure! I see just too much evidence of wisdom and design in all facets of nature and the universe for it to all happen by chance. And to credit the creature with the smarts to know what they need, and then change their design to invent something brand new that we can only imitate, is more than I personally can accept. Yes, wild creatures do have the ability to adapt to circumstances, just as we humans do, but not to design or create. However, I know we all agree that this ability of the frog is amazing.
A Young Buck Who Thinks He owns the Road!
On a walk along our country road, I saw two deer running across a field. I wasn't able to get a photo. Disappointed, I took a picture of a deer statue in a front yard nearby. Then as I walked a little farther, two young bucks crossed the road ahead of me. I got two shots and both were good. I liked this one of the second deer as it started across the road. Good thing I had my camera along! :)
Black-necked Stilt in High-key Setting
I got another shot of a black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus). It is such an interesting bird! I loved the high-key setting at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area. Seeing this bird was a real treat for me! It is a striking bird, with black-and-white color and long, thin red legs. It is found along the edges of shallow water in open areas like found in the wildlife area.