Monthly Archives: May 2012
After encountering the box turtle, I sat down in the trail to wait for it to emerge for a photograph. Amos preceded to sniff around, sit on an ant colony, and was stung a few times. I believe he blamed me for the pain, because he sadly sat between 5 and 10 m from me, waiting to move on.
Eastern Box Turtle
For the first time in the wild, I came across an Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina carolina at Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. I, of course, have a pet box turtle (Rocky) adopted from the Leff’s at Kent State University (who had adopted it from a former graduate student… who had taken it in from a middle school student of hers, I believe), but I had never encountered a wild one. While it was exciting, and I did get to see it exposed out of the shell, Amos was with me and scared the turtle into hiding, so I couldn’t get a descent shot.
Yep, Allison and I adopted a new dog: Amos.
In keeping with our naming ‘theme’, we pronounce his name as you might in Spanish; it’s ‘ahh’ then ‘mos’ similar to the ‘o’ in “most”. This way, we can say “Vamos Amos!”
Anyway, he’s another 2 year-old dachshund mix (clearly a mix… possibly of a chuhuahua…like a long chuhuaaaaaaaaaahua) we picked up at the Atlanta Humane Society and has already grown to be a part of our family. Here, he wades at Cascade Spring Nature Preserve, waiting for me to move so he can reach dry land.
Éva helps with field work
Another hike through Bear’s Den
Éva and Eva explore a stream draining into Mill Creek at Bear’s Den. This was the first park we visited with Eva, and it was the first time I saw her substantially wag her tail. She also had no problem barrelling through the water – although it seemed to surprise her, as if she hadn’t expected ‘wetness’. Éva, on the other hand, was a seasoned park goer, and had begun to step onto rocks to avoid getting wet.