Water Strider

There is a small path that runs from the main trail down to a small creek, where the runoff pond empties through a culvert to the main Holland River.  This water strider – a true bug – was minding its …

Exposed Roots

The river rises and falls and this trees roots are exposed at the low point.  It reminds me of images of the World Tree, Yggrdrasil.  It’s hard to believe there’s much left of the tree on land, or that it …

Calm River

The dog and I walked down onto a rocky area where the creek comes out under a bridge and joins the Holland River.  It is a gathering place for ducks but there weren’t any there today.  The river looked so …

Misty Pond

The sudden cool evenings and mornings have meant lots of mist on the river and pond.  It’s one of my favorite sights in the morning, seeing the clouds hanging over the water.

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Bird Bath

It was pouring down rain and cold yesterday so we gave the river side a miss.  The sun came out today and we found this American goldfinch enjoying it as much as we were.  You can just see the ripple …

Pond Dwellers

The snapping turtle was taking the air and the Canada geese were enjoying a bit of shade on the pond north of the weir.  They’d been on the bank but took to the water again as I came by.  The …

Water Catcher

I’m not sure what plant this is yet – I’m waiting for the flowers or something to appear – but it has massive green leaves, alternating up a very thick, spiky stalk.  What caught my attention was the amount of …

Goose on Guard

The nesting goose has disappeared and I hope it’s because the gosling hatched and not because it was chased off.  A goose was further upriver, standing on one leg on a stone in the middle of the water.  It raised …

Snow or Rain

It’s early January 2013 and it can’t decide whether to snow or rain.  The flakes were falling today but the outside temperature is warm enough that it melts almost upon contact.  Here is a flake on my sleeve.  I need …