I wonder if you have noticed this beautiful flower blooming in our midst. It opens to greet the sun and remains closed on overcast days. The seeds from this plant form a kind of geodesic dome - like a giant dandelion blow ball. It is worth noting, a plant called Goatsbeard.

I've also noticed that the cattails are in bloom, technically that is. Every flower is not as beautiful as Goatsbeard or a Rugosa Rose, but a flower is the reproductive part of a plant and is designed to produce seeds in whatever shape or form imaginable. A complete flower has both male and female parts - male (pollen) and female ovules. In the case our Cattail (Narrow-leaved), these parts are separated by a short stalk, but the pollen blows down or away to fertilize the seeds to be. Check these out. Native Americans used to collect the pollen and use it as flour. It is profuse, and may be making your nose tingle!

Here is the picture taken of the Painted Turtle laying eggs. I thank again the family who witnessed this happening and shared the picture. The turtle laid seven eggs, which as reported earlier, were moved to a safer place. We will be watching and counting the days until they hatch. Meanwhile they lay protected under a piece of a metal lobster trap.

You should tip your hat to the spiders in our midst. Several have spun large webs in the window frames at my house. Greenheads by the dozens are being caught and consumed by spiders. They are caught and wrapped in webbing. Then those clever spiders suck out the juices and await the next trapped insect. I remember campers telling me that they observed another predator of greenhead flies. They had the nest of Bald Faced Hornets in the trees above their campsite. They saw these hornets capturing greenheads to feed upon. By the way, the days are numbered for these insects. After about 2 weeks, their numbers should decline.

I will conclude this report with a "marine amazing" found during our snorkel outing in Bounty Cove with some very astute divers. This drawing shows both sides of a Brittle Star found in the "fingers" of a Kelp Holdfast. It was an orange/red color on the top, one that I had not observed before. To top off our diving, some snorkelers found a bed of live Sand Dollars off Sailboat Beach! These were well off shore in about 10-12 feet of water. They were also found off the rocky shore leading up to Spring Beach - which seemed odd since we never find their skeletal remnants on that beach. Live and learn.
We've had a couple of monsoons recently, but today dawns sunny. Amen. 7/24/06 Drying out Ronnie.