Monday, July 20, 2015

Piscine surgery: RIP July 7, 2015.

On July 6th, a striped bass went under the knife for a fillet-ectomy at the hands of a capable surgeon. The procedure was completely successful and the bass will be remembered fondly. It has found its way into our memories and into our hearts (and other bits of us...) via chowder & omelets, as well as through more standard dishes. We hope that many other bass will follow in the path this one has taken. This creature did not die in vain.

Seriously though, a friend of Cynthia's caught this wonderful fish and gave it to her. Normally he would have let it go as he hates to bring fish aboard or have to deal with them, so we are glad he gave us this one.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Cape Cod critters!

Around the end of June the toads change from tadpoles into tiny little toads and scatter across the landscape, but for a week or so hordes of the little hopping creatures infest the lawn. VERY cute! Maya helped me photograph a couple...

I love to come here in early May to see the forests just becoming green, so different from the dense green of summer. This year, however, there are areas where the trees are just as bare today as May 1: the gypsy moths have returned in force. Cute little creatures, but destructive as heck.

Cynthia and I swam in Hathaway Pond and I spotted some turtles, chased them with mask and snorkel until I caught up to them as they went to ground on the bottom (they gave up shortly before I had to surface) and brought them ashore. Lucy found them fascinating!

Finally, this creature seemed to enjoy relaxing in the back yard at my folks' place. We watched it for about ten minutes while it drowsed, watched us, yawned, stretched, drowsed some more, and finally wandered off.

Although there are many many more, this is enough for now. Maybe next time I'll talk about fish or birds....