I spent nearly all day yesterday riding around in the Gator, looking for honeysuckle bushes. This particular species of honeysuckle is not native here and it's one of those things that can (and will) take over if not kept under control.
This bush is huge... it consists of a clump - maybe 5 or 6 shoots all growing together. I've come across some shoots bigger around than my wrist, but many times I can cut the shoot with pruners or loppers. I take Bill's Makita reciprocal saw (battery operated) with me and can cut the larger shoots with it. But it's heavy and I soon wear out. So I use flagging to mark bushes that need cut down and I'll either get back to it later or Bill will go with me to help out.
It's kinda funny about invasive plants.... we all work hard to eradicate things like that honeysuckle, and soon we'll be pulling the spotted knapweed. Nobody wants those to take over.... But yet...
This species of Lupine has been determined to be non-native....
It grows in the fields where the Upland Sandpiper makes their nests. It blooms only for a couple of weeks in June so everyone enjoys its short-lived beauty. I look forward to seeing it each year, and am always in awe of the various colors. Over the years I've come to know where to look for the deep purple ones... or the burgundy ones... or where along the highway I'm likely to see these flowers.
So... it's an invasive plant... why don't I go full-out attack on it like I'm doing with the honeysuckle? What happens when we make "exceptions"?
While out on the Gator I stopped along a pond to see if the yellow lady slipper was still blooming. I shut the vehicle down just for the silence. But instead of silence I heard what I first thought was dogs barking. Not really sounding like a dog... but what? And then... an answering call....
This Great Horned Owl swooped down over the pond and then up into this tree.
He continued to call... not the "hoot" one would expect, but more like a gutteral hacking sound.
I watched him for a while, attempting to get the perfect photo. This one was my favorite shot. He got tired of me looking at him and he flew away. I never did locate the other owl he was talking to. But seeing him was the highlight of the day!
That's All For Today!