Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cacapon Mountain wildlife, late September edition

Orange Jewelweed (aka AKA spotted touch-me-not) and Lyon's Turtlehead.

Based on its size, long neck, and long tail, I'm guessing this is a snapping turtle. No wonder I never see duckling families in Lake Siri.

I've been wandering the woods, high points, meadows, creeks, and lakes of the Cacapon Mountain area for over a decade. Yesterday, I was pondering the fact that I couldn't remember seeing a snake in all this time. And just like that, I saw this Northern Water Snake fishing for minnows in the shallow water at the end of Lake Siri (I saw he/she/snake strike at a minnow...missed it by that much).

(Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.)


lisahgolden said...

Flora and fauna! You live in a beautiful area, sir. Those wildflowers are gorgeous.

P.S. I hope you enjoyed your bleu cheese sandwich.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

It looks awesome. I hope the isolation and communing with nature and orbs is helping to salve some wounds.....

Wife Sublime is not so much for hiking and such, but when we go on vacations, I always push to get some backwoods exploration in. In Hawaii, we went up the mountain to the original rainforest, above the invasive species. In FLA, we went deep into the Everglades. A short bayou trip in Louisiana. Rafting in the Canyons out west. Yosemite and Muir Woods. One does what one can.

Hamish Mack said...

That's a snake, there thundra. How did you survive? They kill you just be looking at you!!!
No Snakilies in New Zild.

Randal Graves said...

I was going to say something equating politicians and snakes, but that's terribly unfair to the snake, a vital part of our ecosystem unlike the former, a murderous toxic event.

Dr.KennethNoisewater said...

Lyon's Turtlehead.

That's more than I needed to know about a lyon's bowel movements.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I thought I segued from the Lyon's Turtlehead to the Snapping Turtle rather nicely.

*pats self on back*

Dr.KennethNoisewater said...

PS--the deer video is gorgeous.

Dr.KennethNoisewater said...

Hey, look at that--a PS from VS.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

You get a woo-hoo! from you know who.

P.S. I know of your appreciation for the youtube common-tariat, vs.

Here you go.

Laura said...

You know, I kept expecting to hear a gunshot the whole time that deer video was playing!


Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Sweet pics! Love the snake, brother.

Substance McGravitas said...

You know, I kept expecting to hear a gunshot the whole time that deer video was playing!

That happens off-screen.