Now that the storms have passed through this area is getting some nice sunny weather. The rains in the last 2 weeks have brought the pond up about 4 feet and it is now up to the overflow pipe. The water is still too turbid to see any fish – later they will hang around by the deck waiting to be fed. I took some pictures this morning. There wasn’t any wildlife about, except for 2 flocks of snow geese overhead which I could hear but not see. I took a shot of the red oak tree just outside the back door – it’s about 40 inches in diameter – a big old tree. Just to the right of the tree and across the pond is another red oak that’s 5 feet in diameter, although there is no sense of scale from the picture. Last summer it lost 2 branches, each about 2 feet across, in a storm. I cut them up for firewood. The tree on the right is a shagbark hickory. Hickories are unique to the Americas, they went extinct in Europe during the glacial advances and retreats of the Pleistocene era. .