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Today’s reader is Christopher, whose words are indented.
In response to your photo request, I offer one of myself doing one of the few things that helps keep me sane (well, relatively so) during the lockdown: wandering around my 1.5 acres and observing the flora and fauna found there. This was a rare “selfie” of me with the first box turtle of the year. This is my favorite rite of spring. There are several ornate and three-toed box turtles that live on or around my property which is bounded on one side by a small creek and on another by a cow pasture. I also enjoy the company of at least four snake species, five amphibians, 30-odd bird species, foxes, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, feral cats, and untold numbers of invertebrates. Indoors, I share a shack with a large orange cat, a Russian tortoise, two African water turtles, and some fish but it’s the unkempt wild acreage that keeps me just this side of sanity. I count myself as lucky when compared to you urban apartment dwellers with little or no outdoor access.
For my second photo, one of my amphibious neighbors whom I find every day in between my back door and screen door, a gray tree frog, Dryophytes (formerly Hyla) versicolor. You may have Ceiling Cat but I have a lesser-known god, Door Frog. Here he is perched upon his throne, last year’s mud dauber nest. Yesterday he was surrounded by three other amphibian apostles. Praise be to Hyla.