Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day

Hello friends and fans. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your scientific doggie reporter
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Today is one of my favorite days! Earth Day! Ghostwriter and I usually celebrate by looking at all the beautiful earth in  our yard and all the little creatures that live in it. We turned over some rocks, and I helped by digging. 

Look at all the little worms and millipedes we found here! It was kind of muddy, though. 

This looks like a good spot.

How about here?

Worms and a grub.

We found some sow bugs under this rock. Those things have been on this Earth for millions of years!

Here's a rock with fossil shells in it.

Western New York State has an interesting geologic history, and there are lots of places to find fossils.  Our yard happens to be full of glacial till. That is, rocks that have been picked up, tumbled around, carried for many miles, and then dropped here by the glaciers during the Ice Age. Needless to say, it's kind of tough to dig a respectable hole without hitting a couple of them.

But that's a whole other lecture!

Later, I took a look around in the compost pile. It's full of autumn leaves, lawn clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen, sticks, and stems, and Halloween pumpkins and gourds. Composting is a good way to make your own lovely rich earth for your garden.

I've seen the birdies flipping over leaves and debris here and finding gigantic worms to eat!

The glaciers also dropped lots of super fine clay silt that mixed in with the organic matter. Unfortunately, that's what gets plastered to my feet when I go plodding through the mud. And you know what that means! Bath time!

As you know, I like to jump into the bathtub. Here are the footprints I made on the bath mat. Just imagine all the geological history in those footprints!

I don't know why they bother washing it all off.

I'm just going to get all muddy again the next time I go out. 

For the end of Earth Day, we watched the sun go down.

It was a good day.

Please check out Louis' doggie blog to see the results of his artistic Earth Day challenge:



  1. Great Earth Day photos. You have scientific feet after a wander in the garden. They should be protected, but instead it all gets washed off. Such a shame!

    Mara from Norway

  2. You found a great way to celebrate Earth Day in your own backyard.

  3. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh Chester what fun you had...I can just imagine if you had pockets (like a little boy) you would have been collecting lots of worms and grubs to take in the house.
    The fossil hunting would be of great interest to my mom.
    As always we thoroughly enjoyed your post
    Hugs madi your bfff and mom

  4. I never knew that you called those bugs that roll up in a ball, sow bugs! See, we learned something from you today, Chester! Your sunset photos are just gorgeous!

  5. You have a very interesting yard - maybe we can come and help on an archaeologic dig:)

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  6. That was an interesting Earth Day Blog!
    Happy Earth Day a tad late...but since we live here upon this Earth, evfurry day is Earth Day!

  7. Thanks for a good lesson! Did you eat any of those worms?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley