I know you’ve all been waiting anxiously (or eagerly) for the answers to the picture puzzles I posted on Friday. Well, the wait is over.
The first photo shows a bit of interloper evidence Libby and I found in our northeast corner on a recent trip to Roundrock. It is, to the best of my judgment, a tree stand: a sort of homade seat that can be strapped to the trunk of a tree, allowing the hunter to sit high above the forest floor, able to see the unsuspecting deer approach while remaining unseen himself. What puzzled me about this was that there are no trees in the area that seem large enuf to support this device and the weight of a hunter. Still, we’ve found the most deer skeletons in this part of our forest, so it must be a good place to go for game sightings.
The second object I showed in my photos is the backside of the inside of a turtle shell, the carapace. The two points o’light show thin parts in the shell, and I’ve seen these to greater and lesser degrees in every turtle shell I’ve examined. I don’t know why the shell is thin in these two spots. Perhaps one of you knows.
I think I’ll leave the puzzling pix to the Florida Cracker. He’s so much better at it than I am. I just hope he comes back from his hiatus.
Zanne, over at Farmer’s Wife, is hoping to break 100,000 visitors to her blog before her second anniversary on April 9th. I think she’ll do it! Why don’t you surf over that way and say howdy. You just might be number 100,000, and she says she might give this person a piece of wood!
One year ago today I was writing about bulky beasts.
There’s still time to make a submission to the next edition of the Festival of the Trees. If you have a treeish post (or if you know of one you’d like to recommend), send an email to Roger at Words and Pictures. His address is roger [dot] butterfield [at] gmail [dot] com. This festival keeps getting better.
The photo above is from near the top of one of the ravines at Roundrock. It is close to where I took the picture of the lichen on the stone that everyone seemed to like so much. (I did.) You can just see the ankle snappers that lie beneath the leaf litter, waiting for me to come along so foolishly. I expect this spot in the forest is beginning to green up. I wish I were there right now.
By the way, those clever and tireless spam bots seemed to have found a new doorway into my comment section that my Akismet blocker hasn’t secured yet. I’ve been deleting scores of spam comments recently. And while I know that is tremendously interesting to you, my point is to apologize to you (yes, you!) if a comment you have left in the last week or so did not appear. I may have accidentally included a few legitimate comments when I went on my search and destroy mission.
Q quotient: 945/1050
- Red morel mushrooms begin to appear.