|Splash from a Beaver Alert|
|Daring Jumping Spider|
Another sign of late summer are fall webworm caterpillars. Supposedly they don't hurt the trees they defoliate because they do their damage late in the season.
And talking about spiders, here's a guy who was taking advantage of the web made by the caterpillars to find his breakfast.
And this old, moldy fungus is a feeding station for a herd of newts - I counted six dining on either the fungus itself or the tiny insects that were attracted to it.
It was rather windy today, especially in the afternoon, with gusts up to 30 knots. A couple of hapless paddlers became stranded on one of the islands where they had stopped to explore. They didn't pull their boats up far enough on shore, and a gust of wind swept them both out to sea. When they returned to their landing site they were gone, with no idea where they went. Fortunately the good samaritans on Lake Wicwas were helping them out, and I'm sure they found their kayaks and made it safely on their way.
At sunset, the wind had died down considerably, and the light was casting long shadows, and illuminating the trunks of the tress on a west-facing hill overlooking the lake.