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  •  Beautiful pond, burntout! (13+ / 0-)

    Looks like a wonderful place to just sit and relax (my favorite activity ;) Insects used to freak me out as a kid, but finally in retirement I can enjoy them more. Your pictures show how beautiful they really are. I'd still rather they stayoffame unless they're butterflies or dragonflies, which I've seen mating on my knee more than once when I tubed the Buffalo River.

    No pond here in Cotter, Ark., but a couple of fine pools on the creeks out in the nearby holler. Yesterday I saw an orange snake swim up onto a big rock and then go under the creek bank. If he's stayed on the rock, I'd have a picture, but couldn't see it well enough with just my eyes. First orange one I've seen. Also, for the second time, saw a bat flying above the creek. Water was dripping out of the mountain, and the bat came from that direction. The dogwoods have a small gray bud now that wasn't there a week ago.

    Most of my time, I watched two fish swimming in circles together in a pool, another thing I haven't seen before. They were about six inches long, cheek-to-cheek, and their circles went from leaves at the bottom, out into the sun and back around. Their tails were all awiggle, and they continued all afternoon. I'm hoping it's some kind of mating behavior so I can see the golden ball of spawn again.

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    Still working on how to ID them. Glad I got out there yesterday before your cold front got here, burtnout. It's densely foggy and 42 in town after some gentle rain with thunderstorms forecast for afternoon. Then 40s or 50s most of the next 10 days. The redbuds have finally budded on the south side of the house, so I'm hoping for great beauty when this weather finally breaks!

    Good luck to all in snow, and thanks for the nice, warm bucket!

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 12:19:46 PM PDT

    •  Sitting and relaxing is getting to be how I spend (10+ / 0-)

      more and more time these days. ( : Oh well, we've earned it!

      That does sound like mating behavior in those fish. I don't recognize them. They remind me a little of bass but I  don't think that's what they are. Let us know if you find out.

      An orange snake, that's even more puzzling. Some of our common water snakes here in Missouri have orangish markings on them but not to the extent that they appear orange. Hope it will come back one of these days so you can get a pic of it, I'd love to see it.

      Glad to hear you've seen a couple of bats, they are in serious trouble over much of their range with the WNS disease still spreading.

      No signs of life from the redbuds here that I've seen but I keep expecting it any day. This cold front won't last and soon it'll warm up and stay that way for awhile.

      Thanks for the great fish pics, not easy to photograph fish!

      Just give me some truth. John Lennon

      by burnt out on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 12:57:36 PM PDT

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    •  The fish ID is a bit of a puzzler (10+ / 0-)

      based on the general shape and the position and shape of the fins it is either a member of the sucker family (Catastomidae) or the minnow family (Cyprinidae).  However that still leaves you with lots of options.  The apparent lack of scales and the broad head both suggest a catfish but the mouth appears to be downward pointing (North American catfish have a mouth that opens forward at the very front of the head) and there is no sign of barbels (i.e. whiskers).  The head shape doesn't really match up to a minnow or a sucker though.

      "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

      by matching mole on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 01:21:02 PM PDT

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