Thursday, May 28, 2009

To the Creek for some Paludarium Rocks

We were greeted by these gorgeous flowers.

The creek was running pretty fast after all the rain.

It was COLD!

Mom's nature walk...

On the floats...

A Walk down the creek.

We found this little turtle hiding out under the bridge.

He was about an inch long.

The first rocks that were collected.

We had a lot of fun and we managed to gather up some great rocks and pebbles for our paludarium.

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Paludarium: An aquarium that is set up with water and dry land. Ideally there will be a variety of critters - not just fish.

I'm not sure how this summer project will unfold, but the 45 gallon tank that we bought a few years ago for $20 is just begging for a little creativity. And, after getting rid of all the critters except the dog - we are all ready for some new adventures.

We checked the tank for leaks and found 2. So, I've patched the leaks and am waiting for the aquarium safe sealant to cure so we can check it again.

We are brainstorming ways to get the tank up on a stand and I'm trying to decide what type of pump and filtration I want to use. The main decision is where to put it - once set up it will not be moved! The goal is to spend as little cash as possible and to get it completed by the time our summer break is over.

Stay tuned for more Paludarium posts!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Camping Trip!

The guys gave me a "Mom's Weekend Off" this past weekend - the kind where they leave and I stay home alone. I told them that they would get rewards for the best photo, best critter and a grand prize if they could find some deer sheds. Jonathan won the photo contest for his photos of the pitcher plant and the tree with a donkey head; and Joseph won the best critter prize for his orange spider - which unfortunately turned black when it died. They all got a prize for deer sheds because they talked my mom's cousin out of some when they went to her backyard deer farm.

First things first...let's go swimming!

Then fishing!

I don't think they took a bath all weekend -
except for maybe a dirt bath!

The tree with a donkey head...amazing!

The carnivorous Pitcher Plant.

The bug that it was digesting.

The Pitcher Plant Bog.

Now isn't this one interesting. At this point we do not know
what it is called, so feel free to educate us on this gorgeous plant.
If you look very closely through the haze you can see
the deer that showed up at the campsite.

Can you see the deer track?

A trail walk.

Eastern Fence Lizard.
The backyard deer farm.