After the rain

Mushrooms are fungi that lie dormant in the soil until the conditions are just right and usually they will bloom after a rain.

We have fertilized our yard 2 times so I am surprised to see any because the nitrogen in fertilizer normally gets rid of them in the soil.

I thought these were pretty neat looking so I decided to grab a few macro shots of them.

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Snake update

After finding the water snakes in the pond eating the fish I had purchased for the pond I knew we had to do something.

We cut down some bushes ( purple showers) that were near the pond all the way to the ground.

I read to plant the different mints in the area because snakes do not like it so that is what will be planted there from now on.

We closed in underneath the back porch to keep anything from getting underneath it.

We put lime all around the pond and when it rains we reapply it.

I had used the melafix fish medication in the pond when I saw them in there because it had tea tree oil in it and they hate it. It worked because both times they tried to get out as fast as they could.

I have since bought some “Tea Tree Oil Extract” which is much cheaper than the fish medication and mixed it up in a spray bottle with water. I spray around the pond, deck and back porch with this mixture and even though it smells strong it’s really not a bad smell.

The fish seem so happy they are no longer being stalked and I happy my pet fish are not on the buffet for the snakes.

The one snake I did see showed up after I was watering a large fern in a pot I think it was in the fern and when I started watering it ran out. I have no idea what kind it was.

I had read in several places that the tea tree oil was a snake deterrent after my recent run-ins with snakes I can say it is working. I highly recommend it to anyone having snake issues.

There are many uses for the tea tree oil extract. It is used as an antibacterial, antifungal, and for stinky shoes. The uses for it go on and on.

 

Stained glass

Has anyone tried doing the stained glass art projects?

I bought all the stuff and I am having a terrible time trying to cut the glass.  The glass cutter worked for the first few pieces now it is no longer cutting through the glass

This is another DIY I found on Pinterest. I just so happen to find the stained glass on clearance at Hobby Lobby so it was a win-win situation.

I already had an old bike that we took apart for this project. I love this idea but would really like to finish it lol.

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My first Dahlia

I planted Dahlia bulbs for the first time there were 20 bulbs but only 12 of them came up. I think one package must have been bad.

This was my very first bloom and I love the colors of this flower. I waited a few days to take the picture and I almost waited too long.

I am looking forward to the future blooms to see what colors they are. These flowers are gorgeous and my macro lens allowed me to really show off this flowers details.

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Blogs, opinions and BS

I post a lot of different stuff on my blog most of it is from my personal experience about my life or information I have learned through years.

If I am posting about something fun and new I am excited about it and I figure maybe I can learn from others who are doing the same thing.

I love to share my knowledge on different subjects but especially about photography.

If you chose to comment on a post of mine that is great but please do not try to push your opinions or your beliefs on my readers or myself.

After all, isn’t that what you blog is for?

I have never once posted on a controversial topic I avoid them like the plague. If I do not agree with a title or a post I move on without ever reading it much less liking it.

There are plenty of subjects I get fired up about but I do not post them on my blog or comment about them on other people’s blogs. Sometimes I find it better to keep my mouth shut because this keeps downs debates.

I do value others opinions but there is a fine line that must never be crossed and that is when you go overboard with your opinion on someone else’s blog.

Please remember showing a little respect goes a long way.

 

 

 

Snakes

I am not a fan of snakes no matter what kind they are.

Last weekend while looking out the den window I noticed a black snake entering the pond by the waterfall it was about 3 foot long. He was barely in there 5 seconds before he had nabbed one of the smaller koi.

I ran out the backdoor grabbed the water hose to spray him hoping he would drop the fish that did not happen. I knocked on the window to get my husband’s attention and he came out there I pointed out the snake and told him since it was killing the fish I wanted it dead.

When you have a koi pond with a bog, waterfall, landscape rocks and plants there are a lot of places for snakes to hide while you’re trying to kill them. Finally, after a 20-minute struggle the snake was dead and then he spits out the fish still in tack but it was too late for the fish.

It was a yellow-bellied water snake their favorite meal is fish I guess he thought our pond was a buffet.

The next morning I counted fish knowing we had 11 total 4 koi that were a few months old and 7 goldfish one as big survivor from the last year disaster.

I was missing 2 of the new Koi and 3 goldfish this had been going on since I last counted the fish.

Today I am picking up some lime to put around the perimeter of the pond. It is supposed to burn the snake’s belly lets hope it works.

( Edited I had put sulfur instead of lime lol).