Here is an illustration David has been working on for a conservation poster series. This is based on a photograph we took at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center last year.
The columbines are blooming. These were transplanted just last year so we're happy to see they have weathered the move really well.
Our wild ginger is really filling out! You can also see one of our plant tags in this picture. We decided it was getting too hard to remember where everything was last year. So, we drank a lot of La Croix and Verner's Ginger Ale and make some plant tags. It is a really simple way to make some cheap plant tags!
This is a Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar we found while clearing out weeds around the peonies. I guess they like to eat the leaves of the weeds we want to keep under control down there. I seriously thought this was a cat toy or something when I first ran across it. It was just a big fuzzball!
We went out to McCormick's Creek State Park to take some pictures for an upcoming project. Going to the falls in the middle of the week is a totally different experience than on the weekend. We were able to spot an unidentified furry creature scurrying around by the creek and a red-tailed hawk hunting in the woods!
Our peonies are about ready to pop. I just found out last year that peonies can live up to 100 years! I have no idea how old ours are, as they were here when we moved in 8 years ago, but hopefully we'll have many more years with these plants.
This little ringneck snake was on the trail out at Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest. It was about the size of a pencil and sitting in the middle of the trail catching some sun. At first, we thought it had been stepped on. But when David crouched down to check it out, the tiny snake charged at him. It was very much alive and feisty!
David taking a selfie with our milkweed seedlings. All five varieties have sprouted and are doing well.