Today Beth and I went to Sandogardy again to do some more swimming. As soon as we arrived, I began looking along the side of the road leading down to the swimming area for some Deptford Pinks (Dianthus deltoides). They grew there in previous years, and I hadn’t seen any this year yet. I was beginning to think I’d have to check into one of the other places I’ve seen them grow. But no need! I struck gold.
This is one of the two shots that came out pretty well out of fifteen attempts. It normally does not take me 15 shots to get a good one, but here’s why it did today:
It just wouldn’t hold still!
While Beth played in the water, I waded out into the weeds. I wore a swimsuit today – too bad for everyone else who was at the beach. It didn’t take long before I saw some huge snails in the water – huge snails having a romantic interlude!
And one more:
I don’t have any field guides covering gastropods, so I have made no attempt to id these. I guess I could turn to Google, or maybe the NH DES has another online publication. They have them for amphibians and reptiles, so why not snails & shells?
I put the two lovers back in the water, and soon after that, Beth was calling for me. I had been telling her that in order for her to learn to swim, she had to be able to hold her head under water for ten seconds. We spent a lot of time yesterday with me timing her. “How long?” she’d ask. “Three and a half seconds,” I’d answer. But today, she had come up with a new technique to help her stay under longer. She began kicking her legs while holding herself up with her arms as if to do a push-up. She made ten seconds.
I told her she was practically swimming already and told her how to move her arms. In no time, she was swimming a good 15 feet, which is huge to me. She was very pleased too!