~ Mary's Walden ~

My daughter, Mary, owns ten acres of wooded land in the foothills of South Carolina. During one of my visits there, I was reading Henry David Thoreau's Walden; or, Life In The Woods. I noticed a similarity between Thoreau's description of Walden and the woods there and Mary's property. Over a period of time I've taken many photos at Mary's. Several of those are presented here.

Winter Views

Stopping by woods on a snowy evening

Winter sunset

The Pond

The trail to the pond

Mary's pond

Greening up in spring

The Northern Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) is a frog that varies in size from 19 to 35 mm at maturity. These frogs range in color from shades of brown to gray or olive, and occasionally may be yellow or reddish. Like many frogs, their color can vary with temperature and other conditions of their surroundings. Their bellies are cream or white, and they are marked by a dark cross on their backs and dark bands on their legs. Their coloration makes them very difficult to see on the tree bark and leaf litter where they are normally found. Northern Spring Peepers have slightly webbed feet and noticeable disks on their fingers and toes. Females tend to be slightly larger and lighter in color. Males also often have a flap beneath their throats where their vocal pouches are. This flap can become much darker than normal during breeding season when they are calling the most.

Northern Spring Peepers are only native to the Nearctic region. They can be found from southeastern Canada, in Ontario and Quebec, throughout the eastern United States as far south as northern Georgia. In the United States they are restricted to east of the Mississippi river.

These frogs are found in marshy woods, non-wooded lowlands, and near ponds and swamps. Although they are good climbers, Northern Spring Peepers seem to prefer to be on the ground or burrowed into the soil. Because they breed in permanent or temporary water, they need to have pools in their habitat.

Three photos of some growth, which I've not seen before and lightning damage to a tree


The woods in early spring

This large oak has shed many acorns on Arvie's roof

Two types of pine cones in one shot

Where I used to park Arvie

Symetrically patterned moth

Twisted trees

More of the plant growth taken later

Tall trees

Summer shots from last year

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly
The White Admiral or Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis) is a polytypic species of North American brush-footed butterfly, common throughout much of the eastern United States. L. a. astyanax has red spots on its underside and the top of the wings are notable for their iridescent blue markings. L. a. arthemis on the other hand has a large white band traversing both the forewings and hindwings.

The Red-spotted Purple is a mimic of the poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) and is typically found in open woodlands and along forest edges.
Jozie at the pond

Jozie Girl

Jozie and Grandpa Joe

Sitting on the bank

Throwing stones

Throwing the BIG rock

Give me the rock, Grandpa

Heading back home

But wait! One more rock

Okay, one more

Grandpa caught a frog

I'll look, but not touch
Jozie actually did touch the frog's nose after she saw me touch it. She has a pretty good arm for less than two years (May 3), but her aim leaves a lot to be desired. More rocks hit the edge of the pond than the water. She loves to do this activity and would have stayed for several hours had we not wore out.

See my flower

Some flowers are in bloom

Music is "Distant Dreams"

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