The dogs and I went for a walk this morning before the heavy fog had burned off. It was wet but beautiful. The signs of fall are clear though. Sigh…
Here’s a picture of the bench from the creek and a picture of the creek from the bench. That’s my trailer in the background.
I take a picture almost every day from the bench. It gives me a benchmark (pun intended) for what the creek is like from day to day and week to week.
August 31st it was at the lowest for this year. The next day the rains from Harvey got here and it went back up some.
There are times the creek is pretty high. Like back in May when we had a good storm. I had to wade through water to get to the bench for this one.
There are times when I can’t get to where the bench sits to take a picture. Like back on March 1st, before I had the bench. The bench replaced a re-purposed toilet that sat in the same spot. I painted it camo and parked on it to watch for deer and anything else that came by.
The camo toilet got broken in the March flood. The bench is much more comfortable than the toilet, so the creek kind of did me a favor. March 1st was the highest the water has gotten this year. You can just see a piece of the toilet sticking up in the middle of this picture. I had to take this picture from the back deck.
The bench has had water up to the seat already, but it’s hung in there. I hope it hangs in there for a long time. Here’s today’s picture from the bench.
When I opened the shed on Friday morning there was a wren trapped inside. She must have been lurking in there when I closed up Thursday night and got trapped. She was acting frantic and flew out as soon as she could. When I looked close I could see a nice size black rat snake had been pursuing her. I’d have been frantic too.
It was a beautiful snake. Very shiny and smooth. I put it in my critter carrier until I could go back in the house and get a camera. I turned it loose after I got some pictures. I prefer my snakes to chase rodents instead of birds, but all critters involved survived this encounter.