Friday, August 13, 2010
Bona Dea Update
Bona Dea was again very hot and humid today. There were some clouds and just a sprinkle or two but nothing else in this area. Before I went to the park, I was at a restaurant close to the park and saw a hot dog on wheels at a nearby hotel. I haven't seen one that big. Here is a photo. I remember that it was about time to check out the Wild Muscadine Grapes at the park. I walked along Old Shorty Trail by the main parking area and sure enough there were some ripe ones on the ground at their usual place. The vines here are up high in the trees there. The photo shows where I picked some up and placed on the bench to photo. Then I walked along the Rabbit Run Trail not far from the parking area and there is a really big vine closer to the ground where there are bigger fruit. These photos shows the vine and one shows the unripe fruit still on the vine. There were also some downy woodpeckers chasing each other around and some Heron wading birds in the private ponds across the trail from this big vine. Also there were flocks of Robin birds flying in the trees close by. They usually leave the park and nest in town closer to residences for some reason. They must be leaving and grouping together again.