I can’t tell you how awesome it is to live 20 minutes from this amazing natural resource. It is such a treasure. And if you go ‘off hours’ (anytime time but on a beautiful Saturday) there is a very good chance you will only have to share the trail or area with one or two other parties. And if you go during fowl weather, you are pretty much guaranteed to have the place to yourself. The beaver pictures are from Refuge trails, the heron is on the shores of Lake Champlain at the boat access in Swanton.
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
Be careful what you wish for. German Shorthaired Pointers have a lot of energy. Until you live it – you really may not fully understand what that means. I’ve spent years wishing for the days when they would just.calm.down. Well those days are here. Gitte has never been extremely high energy, but Gunther…..*sigh*. Well, now, he’s acting his age (10) and its bittersweet.
Gitte at 13
Watching this Mammoth sunflower finally come into bloom has been better than Christmas. I had such a difficult time getting my sunflowers to grow this year! Too many critters (Birds? Squirrels? Cut worms? Cats?) thinking that my sunflower sprouts were mighty tasty and fun to dig up. This guy didn’t hit the dirt till almost July, he is one of three, they were the last batch of sunflower seeds that I started and transplanted.
Of the Mammoths that made it, this is the first one and I think the only one that will get the big sunflower head. The other two are tall, but its so late in the season I just don’t think they will have the opportunity to develop as much as this one. It stands about ten feet tall and now the head is so heavy its completely facing the ground. So now, come what may, I am fine with it.Will it be the wind? The birds? The squirrels? Who knows. Time will tell.
August 27, 2016
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