This is the first season I've picked up leeches in Lake George.

I went out on Lake George. It was breezy and cool so I only stayed out an hour…but what an hour. I spotted a weasel-like creature in the water that wasn’t afraid of me even though I got close. I’m sorry to say that I am not sure what it was other than long, lean, brown and weasel-like.

I also saw a Great Blue Heron, a flock of common Mergansers, some coltsfoot growing near a shoreline and when I carried the boat up to where I was parked, I found a half dozen leeches attached to the bottom. EEEWWW. I checked myself and didn’t pick up any but it made me feel itchy all the way home.

Spent at least 30 minutes following this bird. I got some great images for a future painting.

This early spring bloomer was once widely used to treat coughs.

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