July is almost gone and there is little in this blog that shows that I am alive. So it goes. We were on a "Discovery Tour" if Iceland during the last few days of May and the first few in June and I have been playing catch up ever since. I do not seem to be very good at the game. I did not think, until I was home, that I should have been writing when I was in Iceland. That being said, we were so busy that we did not even have time to download the cameras every day and we certainly have not had time to sort through all the photos since then. I would like to make a book of some of the photos, just in case the internet and/or the computer breaks down but I have not got beyond thinking about the first day's photos so who knows if it will ever happen. My web page re flowers and flower walks is calling me so I need to make up some maps for a couple of new locations and it has to be done yesterday or before so I guess I better stop writing here. Sigh!
In Edwin Way Teale’s book “A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm,” he writes of sitting in a brush pile. The book was written in 1974 and I read it in 2007. Since 2007 I have been thinking of trying to do the same experiment of making a brush pile with space inside to sit and observe nature around me.
I am not sure how old the idea of a “sit spot” has been around but I had heard about using a special spot to sit and observe years before and had done it almost every day for a few months. With all that as background, I decided during late winter this year to make a brush pile for my sit spot and to sit at least 10 minutes for starters on as many days as possible.
I started piling brush when there was still snow on the ground by picking up loose branches in the area near the west end of the property. Gradually the pile got larger and larger by only adding a few branches each day. I put the pile next to some deer trails with hopes of someday being in the pile as deer went by. No luck so far but then I have been going fairly late in the day and only spending 10 minutes so I am not expecting much yet. Sometime later I want to spend a few hours in the spot starting before sunrise. That should be more rewarding. Meanwhile, following are a few observations from the brush pile:
No records for the first two sits . . .
Sit 3: Mar. 30, 2017
Turkey just called
Duck calling from being disturbed 5 min ago at willows