As a part of a family in mourning, I have had more obligations, and little time to get outdoors. Here is what I did notice;
Monday (3-22-04), Visitation at the funeral home. Many great people came to pay their respects.
Tuesday (3-23-04), It was cool and sunny. We had Jack’s funeral.
Wednesday (3-24-04), Back at work, and way behind.
Thursday (3-25-04), At work, I was able to show the boys their first Tiger Beetles (Cicindela sexguttata and C. tranquebarica). Even saw a dragonfly.
Friday (3-26-04), I was off work again. I had been planning to take this day off for some time, and hoped to do some rambling. My brother, Jeff, was in town, and wanted to hit the woods also. We went to Edgefield County and explored some areas of the Sumter National Forest. We saw great Butterflies (Sulfurs, Mourning Cloaks, Tiger Swallowtails, Zebra Swallowtails, Orangetips, and more) and Dragonflies. We saw a few lizards, but found NO snakes. BUMMER. We did stop off in Greenwood County on the return trip and I secured a specimen of Cicindela sexguttata from that county. I had been needing that one. We even stopped off at Win Ott’s place, ROUGH HOUSE HOT DOGS, for lunch. We ate too much but it was excellent, and fun to see Win.
Saturday (3-27-04), Work to be done! Jeff was doing a benefit concert for the Artists Co-op in Laurens. We had to set up stage, chairs, refreshments, shirts, CDs, everything! We had fairly good attendance with a lot of folks from out of town, as well as a lot of local people. Everything went well and the fundraiser seemed to be a success.
Sunday (3-28-04), We had to clear out all the chairs, stage, etc. from the concert. Later, I walked by the pond and found a Brown Snake, but little else of interest.