Ok, not really, but now that I have your attention…
This weekend was fairly uneventful on the homestead, as it was raining for a good part of the weekend. On Saturday, we weren’t able to do much because of the rain, but we still made the trip. We emptied out the burning barrel, and all of that wood and brush from last week was reduced to this small pile of ash!
By the time we went back up on Sunday, even more rain had fallen, and the creek was running higher than I’ve ever seen it, with the exception of the time it flooded back in March. Again, I used the alternate trails carved by nature (mostly deer), and I’m hoping to be able to expand the main trail a bit once the brush has thinned out. If this works, it’ll be so much easier to get down to the creek and back.
I also noticed something very interesting happening with the forsythia that Dave had trimmed a couple of weekends ago. It was apparently so thrilled with actually being cut back so far, because it’s flowering again! I kid you not. These aren’t old blossoms that somehow managed to survive the summer; several of the plants around the clearing are sporting tiny yellow buds.
Oh, and as for the fuzzy white caterpillars I mentioned in the title of this entry, I started seeing them within the last week or two. This week, they seemed to be nearly everywhere in and around the woods. With the help of various websites, I think I’ve identified them as the hickory tussock moth caterpillar (Lophocampa caryae).
I’ve never been a fan of caterpillars and get a little weirded out when I find one on me (when I was little, the neighbor kids held me down and threw caterpillars on me for fun), but these bits of fluff are actually kind of cute…in a caterpillar sort of way. As I took photos, I found that they’re very curious of the camera. More than once as I put the lens close enough to get a shot in super macro mode, I noticed that the caterpillar stretched up toward the camera as if trying to get a closer look.
Finally, as you can see from this upper yard vantage point, the leaves have been showing their beautiful fall colors for a few weeks now.