a mostly WHITE skunk - ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, but WHAT am I supposed to do about it? LOL!!! I think it's living under part of my house! I know it has a place in the balance of things here, but am worried about it being right under the house. Any suggestions? (see video at http://bit.ly/whiteSkunk, taken from my living room window.)
Perhaps my two cats had a polite conversation with the critter and it decided under my house was not the optimum location. I've not seen it again, but on occasion I catch a whiff of skunk musk in the barn. Nothing too strong, though, nor lingering. So the skunk has either found a way to co-exist, or has moved on. I felt so lucky to see it that day, and equally lucky that it did NOT take up permanent residence! Things like this just make life WONDERful!
We had a real wow not too long ago. Close to bizarre actually... Some type of spider, way over half a meter in size if you would stretch it out. Of course we went on an internet search to find out what it was... A whip spider it turned out. It actually walks on 6 legs, because the front two developed into sensory organs. It's not poisonous, but the thorns on it's huge arm like claws can grab and injure your fingers if you would try to touch it. One of the most strange creatures I ever saw showing up right next to our house!
This plant growing across the street from me recently exploded with balloons! Unbelievable that a plant can create a pressure-filled chamber. May have to sneak back over there and pop one to see what’s inside.
A few years ago I was doing some nature photography in an urban park, and came across an Australian spider wasp (Cryptocheilus bicolor). The wasp had paralysed an enormous huntsman spider and I took photos as it dragged the spider 30m before I lost it. The wasp was on its way to a burrow where it would place the spider inside and lay its eggs on top. Lucky I had a long lens, because they are known to inflict enormous pain if they sting you!!
This isn't lately but as a teenager, I used to enjoy running trails near my parents house. I like to hike too but jogging the trails allowed me to see things in a different way. It's something that people who don't jog will ever see or understand. And it's incredible.
I don't have a picture of them but I was excited last night to discover that my "beaver pond" (I built it) already has water boatman beetles swimming around in it! The pond was dry over the entire summer and only filled up in the last week or so and already life is back in it. Just exciting to see!
Do you want to work with nature to grow your own food and build a natural life? Check out Wild Homesteading's thread on permies to get started.
Sadly we didn't get a picture.
The wife and I were headed up a forest service road, when something large flashed by the passenger window.
It quickly crossed in front of the windshield and landed in a tree 50' off the road.
A HUGE, great horned owl, had caught a columbian ground squirrel ! Right next to the car! While we were driving! She landed on the branch and glared at us! With the large squirrel hanging limp from her mouth! By the time we got over our awe at this site, she flew off deeper into the trees! Then we realized we should have tried for a photo! I think the saying goes "shoulda, woulda , coulda"
Even without a photo we will remember that event forever !