Day dawns mist-free, and we have visitors on the pond. Two black and gray ducks with white bills are swimming; wigeons! Earlier this spring the pond had at least 10 of these ducks and I loved their sweet little, "peep, peep." In a single night they fled. What, we are not certain. Perhaps it was simply time to go.
|Lady Merganser on Log|
mating croaks are now mere moans. So it begins, a quiet morning on Elmira Pond with water as smooth as blades of summer grass.
June 10 9 a.m. Pond Report:
|Flapping Silent Wings|
June 10 Garden Report:
|Rows of Beets and Radishes|
|State of WA Tax Token|
More unusual than the glass is a translucent agate marble. It's not a modern machined marble, but on old hand-blown variety, pre-1960s. Today I unearth an aluminum token. Turns out, it's a State of Washington Tax Token issued between 1930-1940. A few month back, gophers kicked out an old rifle casing which Todd estimated to be from the 1930s.
Elmira was not founded until 1901. The schoolhouse next door was constructed in 1910
town. All that remains of the station are the railroad
signs, Elmira. You have to cross the highway, the train tracks and travel a dirt road to see the actual town-site sign. But there is no town.
No one visits Elmira regularly but the birds, waterfowl and raptors.