I spend most of my lunch hours at my favorite place in Northwest Arkansas, St. Catherine's Cathedral at Bell Gable. It is a wonderful and quiet place where I pray and read and think and sit. I have seen some pretty cool creation-things there. A few months ago, I watch a crow pluck a crayfish out of the creek. This week, I've seen other sights.
Snakes. There is water snake that lives by the creek. I hadn't seen him in several weeks. But I have twice the last couple of days. Today, there were two snakes. The larger one was sunning itself inside the grill, while the small one was resting on a rock. I looked up from my book to see the small one lift its head up, yawn, and put its head back down. Have you ever seen a snake yawn? I hadn't either.
Lizards I've also seen a couple of Western Skinks this week. One was full grown, with dark stripes. Today, I saw a baby. I have never seen anything quite like it. It had a bright orange head and an iradescent blue tail. So cool.
Muskrats Yesterday, I was walking along the creek when I noticed something in the water. It looked like a small beaver with its big hind feet. But it had a long tail like a rat. It swam underwater in a large circle and then disappeared into the long grass two feet from where I was standing. It was a muskrat, scouring for fish or crayfish to eat. Today, I didn't see it, but the area where I had seen yesterday was very murky. It had obviously been swimming around.
God is so cool.