Thursday, December 31, 2009
Happy New Years!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
There is a long powerline opening on a WMA near Brunswick that holds a pretty good wintering population of Henslow's. The understory on the powerline (and adjacent pines) is burned every few years, which keeps out encroaching woody plants. The understory is comprised of native grasses (broom sedge, plume grass, toothache grass, panic grass, etc.) that provide ideal habitat for the Henslows.
We captured and banded 14 of the little guys last week, exceeding the six that were banded last year. They look rather plain when flushed from a distance, but in your hand, the olive near the head and the pattern on the body is really cool......
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Saturday was our first experience cooking blue crabs at home - as in a sack full of live crabs that you have to wash & put in the pot yourself. Joe took on the job. First the crabs have to be put thru 3 changes of water to remove sand and other debris. A bit of a tricky task considering the crabs are scurrying around & have pretty good-sized pinchers. The second step is not for the faint of heart - the final dive into the pot...
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I love life with a two year - some things instantly bring a smile to your face - those little everyday touches that bring joy - this evening it is walking into the quiet living room to encounter the dog happily sitting there wearing my turned-on headlamp as a collar :)
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
A few pictures from a recent hunting camp at Tuckahoe.....15,000 acres of protected bottomland along the Savannah River in Screven County. Tuckahoe is state-owned land, and is available to the public for hunting, fishing, bird watching, canoeing, hiking…... The hunting is limited, but is exceptional when open.
I can't find a definitive meaning for the word Tuckahoe. Some say the name refers to an underground tuber used by Native Americans as "bread", or to the seeds of the marsh plant arrow-arum. Still others refer to a medicinal herb by the same name. Regardless, the word rolls out easily in conversation and fits the quiet beauty of the land.
The river swamp at Tuckahoe differs greatly from our coastal swamps near home. Instead of the wet and tidal gum/cypress wetlands, Tuckahoe gently rises with mature hardwood flats broken by switchcane belts, and winding seasonal sloughs. This is Kilgo country......Cypress knees, swamp chestnut oak, and the hammering staccato of pileated woodpeckers. There are Indian mounds, and the numerous oxbow lakes along the river are accessible year round for canoeing, fishing, and camping.....we plan on a family trip soon.
There are many free and under-utilized public lands across the state….get out and enjoy them!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Joe's best ever redfish - Ossabaw Sound - fishing with a buddy. Being too big to legally keep, he swam away relieved after the pic.
Joe & helper Ramon putting a new roof on our house in Watkinsville - it looks great, so glad it's done - no more leaks!
While in Athens I visited a dear friend - Ms. Gertrude sharing her crop of Japanese Persimmons with us - she's a master gardener & I worked a time for her doing yardwork (her yard is so much fun, plants galore) - we're still eating the persimmons which have ripened one by one
Sunset at Demeries Creek = the view from Joe's office