as well as an encounter with a bird that I’d never seen before:
We wondered at first if it was a quail, but the members of our group believed this nearly chicken-sized bird to be too large to be a quail. Later in the day, the word for this bird just popped into my head, unbidden: grouse!
When I came home, I double checked my thought on the computer and the description of this bird seems to match that of a ruffled grouse.
An afternoon walk to the small lake beach provided a couple more interesting creature encounters. This creature was of a very familiar type, but I’d never seen one quite doing this before:
I know many dogs, especially retrievers (not MY retriever of course!), enjoy swimming, but I’d never seen one swimming along side a cayak.
A pair of ducks made their way into the swimming area too. They were unafraid of the people in the area. I took a few pictures out of habit, but then I was happily surprised to capture this one:
I don’t know if this was the he or the she of the pair, as both ducks looked virtually identical. I think he/she looks ready to conduct a symphony!
A far less symphonic critter was the next to slither by my lens:
I’m not generally bothered all that much by snakes, not that I’d like to have one for a pet or anything mind you, so getting this photo didn’t require much bravery on my part. Later, however, my friends at the campsite looked at this picture zoomed in and believe we were in the company of a small copperhead snake – a venomous, but not overly dangerous or agressive snake.
There were also the usual chattering, curious red squirrels and chipmunks that ran around our campsite, but I somehow didn’t manage any photos of those. One brave chipmunk that chose to come a little closer to us was rewarded with a treat of peanuts – I wish I had gotten a picture of those stuffed up cheeks.
Heat and humidity have taken over this region once again; upper 90′s are forecast and we are under a heat advisory. Hope you are keeping cool today, whatever you are doing.