O.K., I admit. I love the Lord’s good creation! Here’s the crane again, this time at about 150 yards away…
At about 350 yards, on another day, further down river…
I removed this fellow from the road, wary lest he reach back and take a chunk out of my hand…
Probably he couldn’t anyway, since he’s “just” a box turtle, though about three times bigger than the other ones I’ve seen thus far.
If you count the rings on the scales on the shell, is that like counting the rings of a cross-section of tree?
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Animals do pretty well in their environment, outside, in freezing temperatures. As I share their environment tonight, out of my element (third night in a row!), I am reminded of my fellow priests and bishops in China who are on the run, out in the wilderness, if not in prisons and reeducation/labor camps, which would be worse. And just because they remain loyal to our Holy Father, the Bishop of Rome.
I haven’t been using the new camera yet, wanting to read more about it, and wanting to protect it a bit from the frozen and humid conditions, leaving it at the neighbor’s house for these days… I’ve been thinking of dedicating that camera for video use, as it can take short videos. Homilies? YouTube? Dunno. Is there a simple not too time consuming way to do this, anyone? Perhaps Gloria.TV is better for this? Perhaps…. perhaps I don’t know what I’m doing. Email, please!
From an email: A five year old boy who was an altar server at the Mass we go to sadly died on Monday from head injuries sustained falling from a car. His name is Louis [...]. He wanted to be a Priest or a Monk so I hope you can count him (and his family which includes 3 sisters) in your mission to pray for Priests. [Yes!] Today was the funeral.
This log smashed down on the road from the cliff above. Heads up when driving on this road!
More Fall colors…
Being from Minnesota, I’ve never seen hoar frost before. Conditions are perfect for it in this mountainous rain forest. After the gentle soaking rains these past days, a cold front came in and dropped the temps down to about 19.99 degrees fahrenheit. These grew to three and four inches long.
The two army blankets did well for sleeping in the forest (in the unfinished hermitage), but I noticed that even with the plastic blanket from the Fathers of Mercy, they are not rated for these temps. Hopefully, the stove will be operational soon! I bet the exploding down gets here first however.
Note how it lifts up anything on the ground, thowing it up in the air. Frost and snow, praise the Lord!