The lack of rain and the dammed-up creek meant the lake wasn't flowing, and so the bottom became covered in algae. Myles to the rescue! He dragged the swimming area, stirring up the algae and taking away lots of sticks and clams as well.
|Look at the green goop on that. Yuck.|
|Lots of room for the rest of our glassware, and the cookbooks.|
|Had a snack at the marina, and noted this unique sundial they have there.|
More work for Iain; he was finally able to remove all the wood formers around the pathways. It looks wonderful and my mom's walker rolls on them nicely.
|Dishing the dirt.|
Some sad things happened too. We noticed that our large tamarack is dying from the bottom up, and it appears it has been invaded by the Eastern Larch Beetle. Unfortunately, the damage is invariably fatal, so barring a miracle over the winter, we will be cutting it down next year. I can't tell you how unhappy this makes me, especially coupled with the drought damage that has possibly killed three other trees on our property.
|See that little hole? The beetle bores through the bark and makes these little holes all over the tree. This is supposedly diagnostic of the Eastern Larch Beetle.|
|RIP Terry the Terrapin.|
This frog is incredibly hungry. Iain noticed he'll jump at ANYTHING, including other frogs just about as big as himself.
And we do have a tiny snapping turtle hanging about. Here he is peeking out of the water; you can see his little body below the surface, and his little feet with their tiny claws.
On our way home, we saw a lovely hawk, I believe a Northern Harrier or Marsh Hawk.
We didn't really want to come home. On the other hand, I was really happy to get to church this morning!