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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Snakes and Lizards and Muskrats, Oh My

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.

5 comments:

Aaron said...

You Western Skink, You.

Aaron said...

Speaking of creation, the Grenz improvements are uber-cool.

Good jorb.

corexian said...

We've been seeing a lot of skinks around here too. They've been very picture shy lately.

Hannah said...

I know the feeling, as a child I never had the experience of seeing a bald eagle with the exception of the zoo. In the last year I have had the privelege of pointing to a tree or the sky and showing each of my children a bald eagle living in it's natural habitat....God is cool.....especialy when we stop exterminating his creation.

courtney said...

I can't see a skink without thinking of one of the first conversations I had with my now father-in-law where I accidently called it a "skank" 'nuf said