Little Wolf Nature Preserve

Preserving Beautiful Kentucky

Archive for July, 2013

Jul
31

July Wildflowers at Little Wolf Nature Preserve

Posted by Timm

July was a wet, cool and prolific month for wildflowers at Little Wolf Nature Preserve…

 

Hibiscus (Swamp Rose-Mallow)

Hibiscus in our Butterfly Field

We had to buy Hibiscus (Swamp Rose-Mallow) to plant at our previous home in northern Kentucky.  But here in southern Kentucky, Hibiscus grows for free in the wild!  This big, beautiful, showy flower sits atop a fast growing plant that can reach 7 feet tall, with flowers exceeding 8” in diameter.  Dozens of Hibiscus are growing in the field I can see out my office windows.  Hibiscus makes a terrific centerpiece for the dinner table, but it only lasts for the day it was cut, before folding up permanently.

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Jul
22

Moonrise Over the Mountain

Posted by Timm

Full moon rising over a mountain

A full moon is rising over Little Wolf Mountain.

Jul
18

Waterfalls After Flash Flood

Posted by Timm

I shot these videos the day after a flash flood hit Little Wolf.  This video begins with The Bowl, a round gully carved by rushing water.  The Bowl is normally dry except after a heavy rain.  The video then pans over to Ravenwolf Falls, an 8-foot high waterfall named after Theresa’s brother David, whose nickname is Ravenwolf.

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Jul
17

Only One Bird Survived

Posted by Timm

Last surviving phoebe in its nest

There’s a nest of phoebes on the light above our barn door.  There were four chicks in the nest.  Theresa found one chick dead on the ground.  Later she found another chick alive on the ground.  When she returned it to the nest, Theresa discovered another one of the chicks in the nest was dead, so she removed it.  Later, Theresa found the chick that fell had also died.  This left remaining just one chick, who in the photo above appears quite healthy.  This chick flew away the following day to join the world.

Phoebes are insect-eating birds in the flycatcher family.  They are easy to recognize from their mud nests on human structures and the way they bob their tails while perched.

Jul
17

Rattle of a Dead Rattlesnake

Posted by Timm

Unfortunately I had to kill a rattlesnake yesterday.  This video shows the snake’s body amazingly moving still 15 minutes after it lost its head.  In the video I pick up the rattle and give it a good shake to produce the rattlesnake’s trademark warning sound.

The chickens were quite interested in the dead snake, but seemingly oblivious to the live snake when it was stalking them.  The chickens oddly spun and shook their heads as they cautiously circled the dead snake.

Jul
16

Rattlesnake Stalking Chickens

Posted by Timm

Rattlesnake stalking the chickens

I walked around the side of the barn to feed our chickens some blackberries, when I spotted a big rattlesnake stalking the chickens.

  

WARNING!  The following photos may be disturbing to some people.  Viewer discretion is advised.

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Jul
11

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Posted by Timm

Giving me the chicken eye

“Wait, what?”

Jul
11

Copperhead Dead

Posted by Timm

Dead copperhead attack mode

This is as close as you’ll ever want to get to a poisonous Copperhead snake.  Intimidating little fellow, isn’t he?  Check out the fangs.  Hissss…

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Jul
11

Storms at Sunset

Posted by Timm

Sunset lights up a dying storm over the mountain

The daily late-afternoon thunderstorms are providing some spectacular sunsets.

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Jul
11

Tractor Stuck in the Mud

Posted by Timm

Timm standing by the tractor he got stuck in the mud

Unfortunately I got the Kubota tractor stuck today.  The ground was quite soft from weeks of drenching rain.  I was coming around a tight corner and slid into a new muddy ditch, which immediately swallowed my left-side wheels, front and back.  We tried pulling it out with our 4WD SUV, but the ground was too soft to get any traction by the SUV either.  If it stops raining, then I’ll likely just drive the tractor out in a couple days, as this Kubota can climb out of much worse if it has traction.  If the rain persists, however, we’ll need help from our friend who is storing a big skidder on our property.  We could also try a come-along.

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    Little Wolf Nature Preserve is a private preserve located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Southern Kentucky, USA.

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