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29 April 2017 @ 10:16 pm
Oh Capitan, My Capitan  
We're off visiting Yosemite this weekend, looking at truly spectacular waterfalls. I've never been in the Spring before, and HalfshellHusband hasn't in at least 20 years. With all of the extra rain this year (after a 5-year drought), this was definitely the time to come!

Apart from that, the weeks have been blurring together thanks to the extra time I'm putting in at work. Time is blurring. Last Friday, I discovered that I was late on paying our second property tax installment AND the mid-year car insurance payment. Ulllhhh... \o?

In non-Yosemite wildlife news, I had a ride a couple of weeks ago where I saw two young bunnies in separate parts of the bike path. Both were still young enough to look like bunnies instead of hares (they're jackrabbits). Then, a week ago, I was at a part of the path that gets river spillover in the winter and forms sloughs.There were a lot of fires along the parkway last year, and the chemistry of that particular area has changed. It is sprouting some sort of micro-green layer (not algae) in a lot of places, and farther downriver it's some sort of red moss-like surface. I'm waiting for a bird to try to land there and—

*plop* Bwawwwk!

I'm not sure any water denizens will survive there for long, once a solid surface closes over. Frogs and maybe some turtles, but that's about it. Biking through there on the return, I saw a wide pink mouth going, *chomp* *chomp* My first thought was, "What is a squirrel doing in the water?" They I realized it was much too big to be a squirrel, and the mouth was shaped like a—yes. An otter!

I did not know we had river otters in our area. :O

So, that's the news apart from *grind-grind-grind* We'll go back to Yosemite for a bit tomorrow, then drive back home. Tuesday, I'll be back to the slog again. Ugh.

cindytsuki_no_bara on May 2nd, 2017 12:26 am (UTC)
baby bunnies! or maybe toddler bunnies. and i guess you have river otters now. :D both of those things are super cute.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2017 06:36 am (UTC)
Definitely juvenile bunnies, with the short little faces and smaller ears. I have actually seen the occasional baby bunny out there. Once, I saw one sitting next to a squirrel, both of them under the edge of a bush and just watching the world go by. I had one of those moments when you shake yourself and wonder, "Am I awake? Did I actually just see that?"
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on May 2nd, 2017 03:28 pm (UTC)
Wow. Looks like you have a variety of wildlife.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2017 05:15 pm (UTC)
Parts of the parkway along the American River are slender ribbons between the river and the levee (for flood control), though sometimes there's open space on the other side of the levee. But other areas have field/forest for several acres, so there are more critters than we usually think.

The population has changed over time, for better or worse. We used to have a _lot_ of little lizards and in the spring, whole clouds of orange ladybugs. And then mostly deer. But in the almost 30 years I've been here, things have shifted. There are tons of turkeys and Canadian geese now, and a lot of snowy egrets. And far fewer ladybugs and lizards, which all of those birds are probably eating. :(

Coyote aren't rare anymore (I once saw pups playing under a bush at the end of the bike path), and there are rumors of the occasional mountain lion (!!!). I've glimpsed the occasional turtle in one of those slough areas, but walking next to the river with my daughter, we saw several families piled on a log at one spot. OTOH, we'd hoped to see quail, and though we were in an area where I see them more frequently, it seems they are more attuned to the sounds of pedestrians and what that might mean than the whiz of bikes going by. So, you'll see them while biking, and they will hide if you're walking!

Those deadly ground squirrels that try to run under your bike tires, though? Pretty constant over time. :O

Edited at 2017-05-02 05:16 pm (UTC)