Wednesday, July 17, 2013
As the sun sank into the western sky we watched it paint delicate colors of pink and orange on the retreating clouds. The stars soon came out and brought with them a raucous chorus of treefrogs, bullfrogs, green frogs, and American toads. Also out in force along the way were an abundance of beavers. With visibility so low due to all the sediments in the water it's a wonder how they navigate under water. I guess this was partly resolved when one slapped near the boat my sister and I were in. It dipped under the water and a few seconds later emerged under our boat! It bonked its head and startled us probably as much as it startled itself!
I got to paddle over the breakwall in downtown Burlington again as the lake has exceeded flood levels (http://www.erh.noaa.gov/btv/html/lake.php#). It's already started to drop given the dry conditions.
To be included on the mailing list to find out about events like this and other nature-based events (like trips to Mt Philo in early September to see the hawk migration in action), you can sign up here: Naturalist Guild