Thunderstorms, Mini Nature & a Leak

Unlike my sister Hope's photos, my aphid herding ant picture turned out fuzzy.  So you just get the aphids on a wild drape vine. :)

Unlike my sister Hope’s photos, my aphid herding ant picture turned out fuzzy. So I cropped out the fuzzy ant. 🙂

This is the first campground we’ve ever stayed at where we’ve gotten bored.  I think it’s because it’s such a tiny place, and there are no trails.  So once you walk past 24 campsites, you are back where you started.

Our forecast

Our forecast

The thunderstorms aren’t helping.  This morning Ron told me there was water dripping on his pillow last night.  I pulled all the clothes out of the overhead cupboard, and, as I suspected, the leak was coming from the cable connection.

Baby grape leaves

Baby grape leaves

As it was starting to sprinkle again, and I had no tools to do a proper job, I just ran silicone around the connection cover faceplate, and will replace it when I can get the parts.  I sopped up the soggy carpet, opened all the cupboard doors and ran the air conditioner all day.  It feels dry in there now.  Sure hope it doesn’t leak again tonight.

Sheba was sick yesterday, complete with diarrhea.  I cleaned her up when we got back from our walk yesterday afternoon, and so far she seems to be okay.

Young wild grapes

Young wild grapes

Since we’ll have thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow, we thought of leaving a day early.  We still may.  It depends how we feel in the morning.

I took Sunny with me to try to find photo-worthy shots today.  I couldn’t find a single thing to photograph.  After a while, trees and water shots start to look the same and uninspired.  Then I decided to concentrate on closeups of cool things I might find.  Ah!  At last I had something to intrigue me and make the day worthwhile!

Poisonous buckeye

Poisonous buckeye

Poisonous horse nettle flower.  Note the sharp spines

Poisonous horse nettle flower. Note the sharp spines

Natural planter

Natural planter

Poison ivy and tree knot hole

Poison ivy and tree knot hole

Poison ivy berries

Poison ivy berries

Photo showing all three leaf shapes of a young sassafras tree --three lobed, mitten shaped, and oval.

Photo showing all three leaf shapes of a young sassafras tree –three lobed, mitten shaped, and oval.

Skink

Skink

Curly tendril

Curly tendril

Unknown

Unknown

A natural valentine.  :)

A natural valentine. 🙂

Wildwood flower -- too much country music lately!

Wildwood flower — too much country music lately!

Paws, Palms & Bamboo

Seeds stuck in Sunny's paws after our walk this afternoon

Sunny’s paws after our walk this afternoon

Today was a good day!

Palm with bamboo thicket in background

Palm with bamboo thicket in background

We went to Lake City and did some shopping, then Ron decided to take the back roads to see the scenery.  I must admit I was underwhelmed.  Mile after mile of boring what I would call “pine barrens” and flat, flat land.  I was glad to get back to the campground and its beautiful surroundings.

I’m enjoying the wild vegetation around the camp.  There is wild mustard everywhere.  And what we used to call dollar weed — I think it is something like pennywort.  Lots of teeny little flowers tucked in the grass.  I tried to get some photos, but the light was exactly wrong while we were out and the photos didn’t turn out well.

Sheba in the water

Sheba in the water

We did let Sheba go into the water at the swimming beach for a few seconds while we kept an eagle eye out for alligators.  So far, no sign of one.

When one of the RVers left Wednesday, he gave us a bunch of firewood.  So tonight I built a big, beautiful campfire.  I am surprised at how much more heat a wood fire puts out than our propane campfire does.  You have to sit almost on top of the propane one to keep warm when it’s cool out.  But we had to sit way back from the wood fire to keep from roasting!

Another thing that surprised me was all the wild grapevines.  I’m used to seeing kudzu covering trees and everything in its path.  And although wild grape vines are common, I’ve never seen them growing this prolifically!

Closeup of bamboo thicket

Closeup of bamboo thicket

Wild grapevines

Wild grapevines

Tree with fuzzy seeds

Tree with fuzzy seeds

Spanish mos

Always fascinating Spanish moss

Free firewood

Free firewood

Just because I love camp fire pictures!

Just because I love camp fire pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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