Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Winter's Day

Western North Carolina has been in a drought state for several years. The weather patterns changed this fall and ample moisture from the gulf has found its way to the area. Once again the little streams are flowing with beautiful, clear water. This one comes down the mountain and flows into our pond.

While walking around the pond we saw some interesting white dots in the water. It was shallow water. I think they must be some kind of egg, but I don't know what. I know they are not frog or newt. Could they be salamander?

Here is a close up of one.

We found this hornet nest in a small Tree of Heaven. The Tree of Heaven is a noxious weed tree that will take over an area. They were introduced from China to the United States in the late 1800's.

It was easy to cut the small tree down to get a better look at the nest.

I have always wanted to see one of these up close. A very complex creation.

1 comment:

Chatty Cat's said...

I saw one of those up close and personal once...and it wasn't abandoned! My neighbor thought it might be a good idea to knock the white face hornets (bold face?)nest down from my house at dusk. As it turned out, not as good an idea as originally thought! They are mean and relentless! Thank goodness for Raid that shoots from a distance! The nest we had was over three feet long and a foot wide...monstrous! They sure are interesting when there's no one home though, eh?!

Chatty Cat's