Fun and Weirdness

I’ve been reading a lot about these. I could make tea from them. I won’t, though.

You haven’t heard from me for a couple of reasons. One is that I’ve had so much fun stuff to do that it’s been hard finding time to write. I had lots of guests last weekend, and my company has been busy buying houses and commercial buildings. That’s all good.

The other is that it has been “one of those weeks” in which one weird thing after another keeps happening. I’ve been losing things, had a near-miss accident, have said some really odd and atypical things to others, and more.

The good news is that I’ve managed to get all my work done and am ready for a mini-vacation in Fredericksburg, so there should be some good nature stuff come out of that.

This is only a part of the big snakeskin we found. It was big in the middle, then got smaller. Interesting.

In the woods

Last weekend, Justin (nephew of the ranch neighbors) was here, and he and I had a great time tromping through our woods with the dogs (it was the first real tromp for the two newest ones). He is very much like me, in that he really notices things.

This is how I know it’s a rat snake, not a rattlesnake. Well, there was no rattle on the tail, either.

We found a really big snakeskin, which I am pretty sure came from a snake I “know” from having seen it before, a very long rat snake.

Justin found these bones. He has good eyes, which I love in an exploration companion!

And in addition to the beautiful tree fungus we saw (above), we found a jawbone of what we think is an opossum (at least according to my googling).

Sadly, the deceased cow we had been looking for was already removed by the people who lease the land. I feel bad that one of those pretty cows died. They called it “summer pneumonia.” Huh. No one we talked to had ever heard of that.

“Get the heck out of here, and take your dog with you!”

And in Austin…

Anita and I were walking yesterday and the dog, Pickle, found this very perturbed praying mantis. It has really cool wings and kept flapping them at Pickle to make her go away. I’d never gotten such a good view of their wings before. Not all the species apparently have such wings. I believe this one is an Arizona mantis. They are common in the area, along with another couple of types.

There, new knowledge for you. More soon!

“I said, GO already!” (photo courtesy of Anita McCabe)

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

2 thoughts on “Fun and Weirdness”

  1. I’m always on the lookout for snake skins, bones/skulls, cool rocks, etc. while on hikes. I’ve got a whole cabinet of curiosities … my family thinks I’m a weirdo, but I don’t care. I like nature. OH, and btw, the fungus photo was awesome! Happy hunting!


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