Well, it’s been pretty active out there. We’ve had some abundant sunshine for the past few days, which is making our appreciation level for the entire area rise exponentially. Not to say that we didn’t appreciate things before. I’m just saying that all the surprises bestowed upon us have been better than we imagined. The leaves are coming out and the flowers are blooming. Kind of reminds me of when I was a little kid. Being surrounded by green after the change of seasons.
The back yard is wonderful. It’s nice to have all the room we have. I can park my truck and trailer back there, I set up a fire pit and I’m even going to put up the gigantic tent I bought from Amazon a few years back. For my needs, the space is endless. And it’s kind of comforting being able to walk around back there with no one watching me.
Laura and I traded the camera a few times yesterday, snapping away at some trees, reptiles and whatever else we felt like. There’s a lot going on. Of course, we’ll never be able to capture all of it, but we’ll do our best to get as much as we can. I keep talking about taking video, but with our internet connection, it’ll take years to upload anything worth watching. And I’m sure no one really wants to see two second clips.
I’ve got 26 pictures for you today. Some are redundant, but I didn’t have the heart to delete them. They look too good for that. Enjoy!
Okay, let’s first talk about the pond. The pond has turned into a cornucopia of activity. It’s like an ecosystem unto itself. The following pictures are “pond” based.
The frogs. We have four distinct frogs that we know of. One is huge – larger than my fist. Here he is. He just sits around all day. I know you can’t tell his size from the pictures, but trust me when I say, he’s big.
Here is the big frog’s girlfriend. She sits around all day too. Usually, she’s on land, hanging out right at the water line, but today she’s in the water. It’s chilly out there.
By the way, Laura took those. The one looking right at the camera I call her, “money shot.”
The third frog is somewhat unknown to me. I think Laura took these when I wasn’t looking. Looks like a jumper though.
Lastly, we have a frog that we transplanted from the pool. We found this little guy right after we poured in the “shock.” Good thing we found him too, because he probably wouldn’t have made it if we didn’t.
Here’s me releasing the frog into the pond.
And here is the frog floating in the pond, right after he swam around a bit.
Remember those tadpoles (or frog eggs) I took from the swamp puddle and put into the pond? Well, this morning most of them hatched. I tried and tried to get a picture of them swimming around, but as hard as I did, I got nothing. The best I can do is show you the eggs once more, and have you notice how the small black dots are taking the shape of tadpoles. Click the image if you’re having trouble seeing what I’m talking about.
Moving right along here – we have removed a good handful of salamanders from the pool and put them in the pond. The pond is now teaming with them and they are a hoot to watch. You can see the salamanders lazily meandering through the water or hanging out with their friends. And somehow, Laura managed to get a shot of four salamanders in one picture. Amazing girl she is. Below are the salamanders.
We’ve recently seen a few fish in the pond as well. I’m guessing they are some sort of trout. I am not current on my fish types in Maine. We also have some small minnow type fish out there. I saw a few in the stream and Laura took a picture of one in the pond.
I took some pictures, she took some pictures, I took some pictures…but before I gave the camera back to her again, I inundated its memory with pictures of budding leaves. I got some from a small Maple tree and one from one of our Apple trees.
And lastly, I took a picture of the new growth on some of the White Birches as well as a few Poplars. But around here, people call them just “pople.” I don’t know why.
We have about a zillion pavers left behind from the people who lived here before us. We have so many in fact, that I decided to build a small ring with them to use as a fire pit. So far, I have a pit five pavers high and I intend to make it two rows thick. That way, Laura and I can sit outside at night and get drunk next to a fire. Then, we can head into the tent I set up and fall asleep.
Guess what – the Trillium bloomed a few days back. Laura’s managed to take some mighty nice photos of them too. Here are two nice shots, followed by two more flowers. I don’t know what these are called.
There you go. I hope you enjoyed our May outdoor update. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.