It's been a nice weekend.
Saturday, of course, was my big milestone with 2008 writing totals. The other treat was getting myself out to the movie theater to see the documentary 'Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.' It was a great delight. To think that I should sit in a movie theater and see something testifying against that bloated naked emperor, that colossus of lies that is Darwinism. Such a blessing! Also, seeing the computer simulation of the inside of the cell brought a lump to my throat. Science has advanced so much in that arena since I was in college, not to mention elementary school!
Sunday morning brought another treat. The weather was finally half-decent enough for me to get over to the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary. Firstly, I'm grateful I didn't go any earlier this month--I'd have seen practically nothing! It was damp and gloomy and not terribly warm--far from 'pretty' there this morning. All I got on this trip, in terms of flowers, were:
An itty-bitty snow trillium
and Weird and unique skunk cabbage! (I think it's my first time for those, for all I've read about them all my life...unless I saw them last spring and my depression wiped my memory again!)
The lack of flowers was made up for by the abundance of birdsong. It was a real treat! For the 'common' birds, I got to see and/or hear: Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, American Crow, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Goldfinch, Junco, Black-capped Chickadee, Downy Woodpecker, American Robin, Brown-headed Cowbird, Canada Goose (flying over), Double-crested Cormorant (flying over).
Then there were the extra-special treats:
Brown Creeper (I generally see just one a year)
Ruby-crowned Kinglets on migration (the size of a hummingbird, they spend their summers farther north)
Veery (a shy drab thrush I rarely spot)
Pileated Woodpecker (I think the second time in my life for him--it was wonderful! Big bird with a loud mouth!)
Annnnd, book 4, chapter 22 is finished!
Going to be offline for a while--see you toward the end of the month!
Wow, those skunk cabbages look very strange indeed!
As I recall the first time you went out to the sactuary last year there weren't many flowers blooming either, but there were more on later visits. I imagine you'll be going back out for another visit?
I want to see if their leaves really do orient north-south, which gives them their other name of 'compass plant.' Very odd indeed!
Hah hah--you remember more of my life than I do! I had to look it up, but yes, I did get out last year, about a week earlier, and not find much of anything. Maybe this weekend, if the weather is halfway nice. =)
GLAD YOU MADE IT TO THE WILDFLOWER GARDENS. THE PHOTOS WERE GOOD.
SO GLAD YOU GOT TO SEE PILEATED WOODPECKER. I WOULD REALLY LIKED TO SEE ONE AGAIN.
NICE TREAT WITH ALL THE BIRDS YOU SAW AND HEARD.
THAT SKUNK CABBAGE IS SOMETHING ELSE.
WILL MISS YOUR POSTS. ENJOY YOUR FAST.
Glad you liked them! I was very happy to get that one halfway decent shot of the woodpecker. It was a treat indeed! I was trying to get a movie of it flying, but I didn't press the button hard enough--hard to use the camera with gloves on.
Glad the 'fast' is over!