Yes, you heard me. I said, "Back up!" And do it now. No excuses, no I'll-do-it-laters... So why am I preaching to you? Because I don't want you to go through the grief I'm going through right now. My laptop crashed...you know, the one with all my pictures? The pictures I like to share with you...the pictures that I can't get to until I pull the hard drive from my unconscious laptop and transfer the files.
Spring has been doing a two-steps-forward, one-step-back routine this year. Leaves have been slow to come out, flowers have bloomed "off schedule," and temperatures have bounced between downright chilly and downright hot. But it could be worse, so I won't complain (too much).
My first green treefrog didn't make its appearance until April 10th. I was beginning to go through withdrawal. Prior to the one pictured above, the only other green treefrog I had seen this year was a dead one under a log I rolled while looking for salamanders.
Brown Water Snakes have been scarce, too. We usually see them in March. This year they waited until April to make an appearance. There are at least two snakes in this picture, by the way.
Cottonmouths are another story. We've been seeing them out since early March.
One of the gators has been napping on this log pretty regularly on warmish days. He doesn't seem too bothered by the unpredictability of this spring.
As for me and Floyd (aka Treebeard), we're going with the flow, hiking and paddling when the weather allows. We're keeping track of our FOYs (first of year) and looking forward to more consistent weather. We're also looking forward to butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians, and reptiles...whatever Mother Nature sees fit to share.