This afternoon saw a very rare occurance: Va joined me on a walk down to Sandogardy Pond. Jonathan came along too, as did Penny, in case there were any sticks along the way that needed fetching.

We walked along the creek that drains the pond (Cross Brook, or as I prefer to call it, Little Kohas Creek), and I plunged into the thicket and picked my way through the wetland to see if the false hellebore had bloomed. It had:

False hellebore (Veratrum viride)

False hellebore (Veratrum viride)

I was also pleased to notice a stand of jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) and some buttercup (Ranunculus spp) growing where I had weeded out the garlic mustard this spring. Garlic mustard is an invasive alien that will take over an area if left unchecked.

Buttercup, species unknown

Buttercup, species unknown

I didn’t stop to take many photos since I had the rare pleasure of Va’s company on the walk. People don’t like to hang around while I take three minutes to set up a shot. So instead, I just enjoyed her company and took note of the flowers and plants.

When we got home we walked around to the back door to give Penny some grass on which to wipe her feet (she took a dip in the pond, and that makes the sand from the beach and road stick to her all the better). At the end of the garage I spotted an area resident:

Garter snake!

Garter snake!


I like having these around.

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Today during lunch Dennis and I mosied over to Moe’s and bought some subs. We didn’t go directly back to the office, but instead wound our way around Storrs Street. I haven’t been that way in a while, and it’s a good place to find flowers (or as some people call them… weeds).

It was overcast and windy, so not ideal for photography. Plus I wasn’t by myself, and that always makes me feel rushed, even if the person I’m with isn’t trying to hurry me along. In spite of that, some of the photos accidentally came out pretty OK. Here’s a buttercup:

Buttercup (Ranunculus sp.)

Buttercup (Ranunculus sp.)

I also posted a few pics I had taken Saturday during our camporee to Bugguide so someone could id them for me. As usual, they came through. I had no idea what this one was:

Lace bug (Corythucha sp.)

Lace bug (Corythucha sp.)


To get this down to the species level, you have to know the host plant (or so they said at Bugguide). The only thing I saw this on was the tip of my finger though, and I didn’t know the host plant would be important later, so I didn’t follow it around to see what it would do after our “date.” Oh well! It’s still a pretty cool bug.