|We found this yawning garter snake staring at a second snake leaning against a log at Niquette Bay State Park.|
Yesterday I spent most of the day driving south on Route 7 to Massachusetts. The rain didn't let up during the four hours I was on the road and continued on into the night. On days like these I make sure to find my way outside to explore. I pull on my rain pants and rain jacket, aim my feet at my bog boots and top it off with my baseball hat. Whether rain or shine the natural world is full of activity, especially in early spring. We'd like to share our discoveries with you. Enjoy the photographs below and be sure to get out and appreciate your area's own natural treasures.
Photo Locations: Niquette Bay State Park, Colchester, VT and Raven Ridge Natural Area, North Ferrisburgh, VT (the ridge is off limits and signed in the early spring for nesting ravens and bobcats, but the rest of the area is open to curious explorers).
|We came upon these two wood frogs (Rana sylvatica) mating uphill from a large linear vernal pool blending in well with the organic matter bordering the walking path. Jim marked them with a few sticks to keep them safe from unsuspecting hikers.|
|My favorite part about rainy days is the increased chance of seeing traveling amphibians. This tiny red eft is traveling through the moist woodland probably to find food and a new water source.|
|Here are the unfurling fronds of the evergreen Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides). They are found in moist woodland habitats in the eastern United States.|
Thanks for following us on our adventure!