Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Bull Snakes are Minnesota's largest native snake, and used to be common around Springbrook. Development has made most disappear, but this one was healthy and large at 60 inches long.
Bull Snakes are often called Gopher Snakes because of their habit of eating pocket gophers. Their nose is more pointed than most snakes to help push into gopher mounds and then down into their tunnels.
They are excellant at rodent control, so I hope this one can find a good place to overwinter, and then finds Springbrook to be a good home.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
In the pictures below there is the pale blue Prairie Aster before and immediately after the rising sun touched it. The second picture is what I call dew-frost. Not quite totally thawed but no longer all frost either.
The other two pictures are the tiny hairs on a grass seed head with delicate crystals of frost, and last the heavy edge frost crystals on an aspen leaf. Fall is here!
Monday, September 3, 2012
The two young ones are in front here with the larger mother behind.