Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Bona Dea Update
Bona Dea was sunny and very hot. In the mid 90's and humid. The mosquitoes were really swarming. Also the chiggers like to bite too. Yesterday, Monday, I took this photo of a snake skin by the pumping station. The snakes shed their skin each year and leave the old one behind. On the trail by the pumping station there was a lone Black-eyed Susan daisy wildflower. It has rounded petals and more of them where the Tickseed yellow follows are toothed at the ends. Also on this trail was a female Eastern Forktail Damselfly. It has a pretty orange color. The big Yellow bellied Watersnake came to the spillway for a visit but I scared it out into the water when I got too close. The female Green Heron actually stayed on her nest while I fed the fish. Today, Tuesday, I stayed close to the parking area and went on Old Shorty Trail. Boy, the mosquitoes were bad even there. I spotted these plants in an area that stays wet this time of year and is actually floods when it rains even a little bit. I thought the white seed heads were unusual and hope to ID one of these days. Also there was a solid blue Spider Wasp or perhaps a Blue Mud Dauber wasp on the trail. This is a poor photo as I took it too fast as it was moving pretty fast and that was the last shot left in the camera. But it really stood out on the ground with the blue color. May get a better shot later.