Schultz, October 2014

This month in the creek I managed to document more animals than in the previous month. Temperature-wise this month seemed much cooler than the previous month. During the beginning of the month temperatures reached a high in the mid 90’s, however after the 10th of October the temperature never rose above ninety degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall during the month seemed low. During the month, the skies remained dry throughout all but a few days. The creek bed still seemed very dry.

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I noticed tad poles swimming throughout the creek. I attempted to document them, but unfortunately it was hard to capture a photo. The tadpoles are very small, and they darted away when I approached the edge of the water. The tadpoles seemed to become more scarce towards the end of the month.

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This month I explored another section of the creek and made a slightly disturbing discovery. It appears that this section of the creek is becoming polluted with some kind of slimy substance. The slime seems to be restrained by a natural dam. I wonder what could be the cause of this slime. I imagine that it can not be healthy for the local inhabitants or the environment overall.

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Along the East side of the creek I found several blooming flowers and berries. I notice a large number of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, mingling among the flowers. The butterflies were hard to capture. They hardly stood still long enough to give me a chance at a photo. I managed to capture a decent photo of a rather large butterfly. The bees on the other hand made for excellent models. They took their time at their flowers, and were hardly scared away when I approached to take a photo. I noticed a particularly large number of bees higher up the side of the creek, on the eastern side.

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This month in the Creek I returned to the Oak tree once again. Most of the acorns under the Oak seemed to have disappeared throughout the month. A few appeared to have been broken open, perhaps by a squirrel or another rodent. I saw quite a few squirrels throughout the creek. Most of them scurried away while I approached.

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As I approached another tree relatively close to the Oak I noticed what I thought was a cake on the ground. I almost passed over it without thinking twice. Fortunately I decided to examine the tree above it. I noticed what appeared to be a large fungus growing on the branch of the tree. It appeared a piece of the fungus had fallen off. Unlike the acorn, the squirrels left the fungus untouched.

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The two most abundant animals in the creek seem to be birds and squirrels. Although I had seen a lizard, and even a local neighborhood cat. Unfortunately I was unable to capture a picture of the lizard. As I walked through the creek I could hear the sounds of little critters scurry throughout the trees. Many of them attempted to camouflage themselves by hiding by twigs, branches, and tree trunks. However, I was able to capture a few of them with my camera.

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Once again I took a photo of the overlook. Like last time the overall landscape still appears relatively green. It seems winters effects have not begun to alter the landscape just yet.

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