The weather here in the mountains of Maryland is really too good to be true. Temps in the mid-70's to 80's has everyone saying, "Are you sure it's not summer?" You would think it is. When I came by the Aquatic Center this morning they already have their docks in. I love this weather and I can work on my farmer's tan LOL!!!
Although along with these wonderful temperatures come the creatures I really don't like. Today, Michelle and I were trekking around the top meadows when I happened to look down and my right foot was just about ready to plant right on top of this little fellow. Needless to say I screamed at the top of my lungs. Ewww! Ick!!!! Yuck!!!! I have never liked snakes.
I know, I know it's just a little harmless garter snake, but I don't like 'em!!! That is actually the 4th snake that we have seen here so far this year. We saw a snake, possibly the same one in the same spot last week. There is a tiny hole in the ground that it slithered right into. I really didn't know that snakes lived in a hole in the ground. And I call myself "Country"!! Yeah right!!
On with our walk we came across this cute little pansy that has found it's home in the middle of the meadow. Much cuter than the snake!!
Then on around the meadow and down the new trail that brings you out below the barn we found this in a mud puddle. You're probably getting tired of hearing about frogs. But again I have never seen them lay eggs quite like this. So, I googled! I found out that this is likely the eggs from the American Toad. They are laid in a long tube that can hold as many as 15,000 eggs. These should take 3-12 days to hatch and become tadpoles. Michelled went to check on the spring peepers and the wood frogs this morning. The wood frog tadpoles are growing quite quickly. They might just sprout legs next week.
We had a purpose to our walk today, not just an aimless trek around the entire property. I was jotting down coordinates for new Geo Caches. Stay tuned for that.