Interesting Mud Castles

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you all well. When I went out to feed and water the chickens this morning I saw something very interesting I had never seen before. We have a lot of new molehills lately which is anything but interesting. But yesterday we had a little rain followed by freezing rain. This morning the molehills had turned into very interesting sculptures.

 

You know the saying, “don’t make mountains out of molehills”, or something like that? Well, this is one time the molehills really did turn into mountains. Looks kind of like brown coral…

 

Maybe this can be kind of like an ink blot test. What comes to your mind when you first see the photos? What do you see?

 

How about if you felt this blindfolded… What would it feel like?

 

Imagine, still blindfolded, and you smell it… What would it smell like?

 

Nature can be strange and wonderful at the same time. For several days I have been complaining about all the new molehills and today I took photos of them.

 

Just goes to show you how nature has a way of making us smile and marvel at the beauty of even the smallest of things. Well, I know what this one looks like…

 

I am not even sure how this happened with the molehills. Maybe as the rain fell fairly hard in freezing temps, and the soil started washing away it all froze.

 

Ice can make some really neat sculptures all on its own… This was probably a puddle of water that froze on top. Then as the water under the ice absorbed into the ground, the ice remained long enough to get this photo.

 

While I was taking photos for the last post, I forgot to check to see if the Daffodils and Surprise Lilies were coming up. Sure enough, they are. No trace of the Crocus that strangely came up last spring from nowhere. Never saw them before even when I lived here in the early 1980’s and dad said he didn’t remember them either. Now, how could that even be possible?

 

The Suprise Lilies are always interesting because the leaves will go dormant then the flowers emerge from dormant bulbs. I had thought for a long time that they were Amaryllis belladonna, then when I made the page to the right I found out they are actually Lycoris squamigera. They both have similar characteristics and flowers, but the petals of the Amaryllis species are pointed at the tip and the Lycoris are rounded. The other common name is Ressurection Lily.

 

I thought I would take another photo of the Equisetum hyemale while I was at it. It looks just like the last photo I took of it. It will all probably have to be cut down because it is laying flat as a pancake and surely it won’t stand back up…

Well, that’s is for this post. I just thought I would share some mud photos with you. What have you found interesting over the winter?

Until next time, take care, stay well, happy, positive and GET DIRTY!

8 comments on “Interesting Mud Castles

  1. katechiconi says:

    You’re right, the molehills do look exactly like coral, only dirt coloured!

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  2. I love those molehill ice sculptures. You are right, nature is amazing!
    By the way, I know people who collect molehills to use as potting compost because the soil has such a great texture.

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  3. We left our patio faucet dripping overnight to keep the pipes from freezing, I’ll have to post the cool pictures of upside down icicles!

    When I was a kid, I took my mom’s pancake spatula and tried to keep some of those ice castles in a jar, but they were so delicate they just melted and fell apart. They look like Superman’s hideaway.

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    • Thanks for the comment, Juanita! I am looking forward to seeing the photos of the icicles. I have seen gutters where the downspout has fallen off with HUGE icicles. I am tempted to take one of our downspouts off to see if I can get one to form although dad would think I am nuts. I would have to do it where he won’t notice.:)

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      • Juanita Sumner says:

        I think you must be related to me cause we’re both nuts. My family does the craziest stuff. One year when weatherman was predicting record low temps, my husband and kids rigged a sled ramp out of old plywood, and put a pressure washer head on a hose and ran a spray on the ramp all night. The temp went down to 19, which is skirting a record here, and the ramp froze over real good. we got to sled the ramp until after noon the next day. We got the neighbor to do it, 83 years old.

        Remember, the nut doesn’t fall very far from the tree.

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