Treasures from the Pool

Water draws me, wherever it is – lake, ocean, pool.   We opened our pool this week and I’ve been in it twice already. Its temp now 72, warm enough to do some walking and a few laps, before hypothermia sets in. Too bad the air temps have been in the upper 50s, but if you keep moving, it’s not bad.

I always enjoy discovering what the day leaves in the pool. Yesterday, it was a spider spider the size of a saucer, or so it seemed. I looked up what I saw, and it was a wolf spider. Turns out these spiders are energetic hunters with excellent eyesight. They are solitary and hunt alone in woodlands and suburban gardens, so they’re out there around our house. I am not a fan of spiders, but I respect them and what they do to hold down the insect population, so I picked this one up with a net and set it free on the pool deck. I’ve noticed they can move on the water surface for a while; one lived just inside one of the pool drains last year and grabbed insects as they floated by. A real opportunist!

The next thing I removed from the pool definitely gave me the yuck factor: a slug, garden sluga shell-less terrestrial mollusk. Their bodies, like ours, are made up mostly of water, and without a full-sized shell, their tissues are prone to desiccation. We have skin, but the slug makes a protective mucus to survive. And yes, this one was slimy! They are most active just after a rain, and it rained hard yesterday, which is why this one was probably on the edge of the pool. I had to look up what they’re good for: slugs play an important role in the ecosystem by eating decaying plant material and fungi.

The last thing I found was something which I find every day and which gives me a smile: a pink and gray feather, courtesy of a pair of cardinals that seem to think our pool is a great bird bath.cardinal feather

Today, it was a plethora of small, fluffy Cardinal feathers.

Can’t wait to see what I find tomorrow!



5 thoughts on “Treasures from the Pool”

  1. The feathers I would not mind but the rest would just have to stay until someone else got them out and as long as they was there I would go no were near the pool.

  2. Nice photos. I like spiders. I’m always happy to have them around. Slugs …. well … they are kind of fascinating to watch. Hope the feathers weren’t the debris of a hawk attack. =/

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