The best mosquito repellent

1 July, 2018            The best mosquito repellent

Box turtle at Pony Pasture yesterday

Watch this video I took of him. It’s ~30 seconds long and it’s a nice video. The woodsy background noises are an added treat: 


Turtles aren’t the best mosquito repellent – as far as I know – I was just happy we encountered one yesterday. And that it was so cooperative. It’s hard (in my experience) to get them to hang around for a while like that. Then saunter off in such nice visibility.

The best mosquito repellent is to keep moving. If you stop to – this is purely hypothetical – photograph a turtle, you will get all ate up. Barred owls are even worse – you have to sit real still for a real long time. You owl photographers must be using some good repellent, because nobody walks and takes quality Barred Owl pictures at the same time. Great work all of you.

A few other pictures from this week, but I haven’t gotten out as much as I’m used to. I still  have the splint on my hand for at least another week. It’s hot to wear plus typing is a challenge.

Here’s an Eastern Towhee from my front yard:

Eastern Towhee outside my window. I’m getting more looks, but no great images – yet.

And yet another of Evelyn’s award-winning gardenias. Every time I smell one, it wins the Grand Prize in the “smells other than chocolate chip cookies” category:

Another of Ev’s gardenias. Maybe next week I’ll use one of her pictures – she grows them and photographs them well

Rose of Sharon has zero scent (I’m sort of sure) and they tend a bit toward being weedy, but I’ve been fond of them since I was but a wee lad. We have a big one in the northwest corner of our backyard:

Rose of Sharon gracing our backyard

That’s all I’m going to post this week – it’s been slow. 2018 is half over – enjoy the first week of the second half! All best,


About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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1 Response to The best mosquito repellent

  1. Markwood says:

    I also learn from autistic kids and kids with so called handicaps – have so much to offer if people would have the patients and vision to pay attention! Oustsnding ! I just see it from contracting and being in people homes and also coaching kids in baseball ! Cheers to you !

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