That is one big round rock I’m holding in the photo above. Those things are dense, and heavy, especially when they get to be this size. I came upon this beauty when Libby and I were on a spontaneous walk on our last trip to Roundrock. We had hiked as far as the western end of the lake (where the gravel continues to wash in, as you can see above). Normally I would gnash my teeth about all of that gravel, but among the other stones were several round rocks, this one being the biggest and best. Because it was a spontaneous walk, I had not worn the backpack I usually take with me on our hikes. I had no intention of carrying that boulder all the way back to the new shelter tarp in my two hands, so I carried it up the hillside a bit where it wouldn’t get washed away by the next great flood. I’ll collect it on a future hike.
The Nature Blog Network has now topped 900 members. Just like Google, they will soon take over the earth.
It seems that Roundrock Journal was out of commission last Monday night. Some file in the spam blocker component got corrupted (I have no idea what I’m talking about) and wouldn’t let even me in. There was a point where the blog itself was unavailable to the universe. When it later rose from the dead, folks couldn’t leave comments. I couldn’t let that stand, so I got my crack technical team on it, and I was back in business in a trice. So if you ran into any difficulties on Monday evening, I offer my apologies.
The solution to the first problem was the cause of the second problem. I had to upgrade to the latest edition of WordPress, and that caused a default on the comment function to require people to login to leave a comment. (Again, I have no idea what I’m talking about.) Anyway, it’s possible that other little surprises will pop up in the days to come, so don’t be shy about pointing them out and, as one fine visitor did, suggest the fix needed.
This Friday, May 29, is the deadline for submissions to the next edition of the Festival of the Trees, being hosted here at Roundrock Journal. Send your links to editor (at) roundrockjournal (dot) com and put Festival of the Trees in the subject line. Or you can use the handy online submission form. Either way, I welcome your contributions!
One year ago I was sweltering and complaining about it.
Two years ago I spoke of Peregrine.
Three years ago I began blathering about anthropomorphic trees — and look where that got me!
Four years ago I was a bit bewildered — and just starting down this blogging road.
We’re headed into a rainy forecast this week for the Roundrock area. There is little left I can do about this to prevent my dam from washing away. I have spoken with the man who will do the repair work, so he knows the urgency of my need. And I’ve relied on the leaks to drain away some of the lake to create a buffer for any inflows. (Odd that I’m grateful for the leaks now.) I’d like to get down there tomorrow to put a couple of posts in the dam where the valve cover and drain outlet are so that the man will see them when he is atop his dozer pushing dirt. But that’s about it. Cross your fingers; it’s as good as anything else that can be done right now.
- Listen for the gray treefrog chorus.