As the waves break upon the rocks at shore, a spray of water flies up, and over the plants, and boulders on the bank. Soon the lake will be frozen, opening it up for winter recreation. Cross-Country Skiing, Snowmobiling, Ice Fishing...all kinds of things. Folks like to walk their dogs out on the ice, or just walk. I go out there and take pictures. When the ice freezes, the lake becomes part of the town. Think of a vast open field, or a park. There are some days when you will run into more people on the lake than you would walking on the street. Very cool....quite literally.
Baby bunny in my back garden. That wire you see is for a solar garden light, bit of a waste of time in my opinion. I'd rather have the garden as natural looking as possible. Anyway...this was my garden this morning...this bunny is here every day now.
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A bolota (do árabe ballūta, encina) é um fruto produzido pela azinheira, pelo carvalho e pelo sobreiro, árvores da família Fagaceae (género Quercus). O sobreiro e a azinheira existem em Portugal, em maior abundância no Alentejo.
Os porcos criados na região de Portugal onde existem sobreiros e azinheiras alimentam-se dessas bolotas que dão à sua carne um sabor especial. Esses porcos, de tamanho pequeno e patas de cor escura, são utilizados para fazer um presunto muito apreciado em todo o mundo, uma verdadeira iguaria.
Os lusitanos e outros povos pré-romanos da Península Ibérica obtinham farinha das bolotas com que faziam pão, e actualmente as bolotas também são usadas em algumas preparações culinárias típicas de Portugal
The acorn, or oak nut, is the nut of the oaks and their close relatives (genera Quercus and Lithocarpus, in the family Fagaceae). It usually contains a single seed (rarely two seeds), enclosed in a tough, leathery shell, and borne in a cup-shaped cupule. Acorns take between about 6 or 24 months (depending on the species) to mature and are one of the most important wildlife foods in areas where oaks occur. Wildlife which eat acorns as an important part of their diets include birds, such as jays, pigeons, some ducks, and several species of woodpeckers. Small and medium mammals that feed on acorns include mice, squirrels and several other rodents.
Such large mammals as pigs, bears, and deer also consume large amounts of acorns: they may constitute up to 25% of the diet of deer in the autumn. In southwest Europe (Spain and Portugal), pigs are still turned loose in dehesas (large oak groves) in the autumn, to fill and fatten themselves on acorns. However, acorns are toxic to some other animals, such as horses.