Age and weather has caught up with this white clapboard church with its beautiful carpenter’s gothic door.
Mack’s Prairie Wings is a mecca for duck hunters in the middle of the rice and ducks capital of the world: Stuttgart, Ark. Customers are greeted in the parking lot by a giant mallard.
Wasps, and their stingers, are to be respected. This one should be admired not for its ferocity, but for its cobalt coloring and delicate details, such as its curved antennae. It should also be respected for its work — it is, after all, a tarantula hawk. No small prey that.
In four years of service, our SUV has proven it can climb like a goat, negotiate snow like a sled dog and carry furniture, mulch and groceries like a champ. Also in its four years of service, it has served three times as a nesting site for wrens. At one time, there was a nest in each rear wheel well.
We think the SUV may have sheltered one brood successfully, but don’t know what became of the other brood, if there was one. Over the weekend, we noticed a telltale piece of bermuda grass was trailing out from between the wheel well and the tire. The nest, as yet without eggs, is pictured below.
The rocky space underneath our front porch has been a den for hog nose and coachwhip snakes. We’d noticed a few freshly shed skins on the slope in front of the house, but hadn’t seen the snakes — until Memorial Day that is. Stepped out on the deck, looked down, and there was a coachwhip, enjoying the warm air and the warmer shale.
Eventually, he wound back under the porch, with only one semicircular loop showing his range of colors.
These beautiful snakes are a velvety black with large patches of black-trimmed pink scales. You can see more of Arkansas’ herps at: http://www.herpsofarkansas.com/Snake/HomePage.