It’s beginning to look like fall.
Enjoy it, cold weather is coming this weekend!
This week’s water column isn’t about water per se, but about what water does.
We’ve had a lot of rain in northern Virginia the last few days. A LOT, what Miz Flora calls ‘That blasted weather’. She’s particularly miffed because the rain has brought down flowers–from trees. Notice those white patches along the roadsides?
If your nose hasn’t been tuned upward, there’s been a fragrance in the air–the sweet Black Locust blossoms.
Yes, we know that phrase is usually refers to magnolias, but trust me, black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia, is sweet, or so we consider it, and it’s a favorite of the honeybees.
That’s what makes us squirrels particularly sad–huge numbers of bees collect from black locust during the week they’re blooming. These pea-shaped flowers hang in bunches, called racemes Miz Flora says, and they make for easy nectar-gathering.
Unfortunately, they’re also heavy, so after Monday’s storm, most of the flowers and many branches ended up on the ground, even though this strong wood has traditionally been used for fence posts.
Sigh. If you’re a friend of bees, you might want to slip them some extra food during our predicted week of rain. Good timing if you managed to get your planting done last week though! I see plenty of oaks sprouting from acorns we buried last fall.
For those readers just joining us, Thursday is traditionally our ‘water day’ on The Squirrel Nutwork. So while we had thought to use a different ‘W’ for this year’s Blogging From A to Z Challenge, we can’t deviate!
W is for water…
Some places in nature fresh water is plentiful.
In others, it’s in short supply.
Regardless, we all need it to survive, whether we are water dwellers or not.
Protect your water sources.
Folks, it’s been dry this fall. But this old squirrel, with his comfortable suburban life knowing which houses have a birdbath or backyard pond the humans keep filled, had no idea the local natural waterways were faring this poorly.
Yikes, that is low for our local pond.
We haven’t had a freeze–ha, far from it!–so the place was still abuzz with insects, like this male Autumn Meadowhawk.
Despite finding the pond in less than its best state, I’m happy I took the outing while our weather is balmy.