Bent Tree and Big Canoe

Bent Tree and Big Canoe are both beautiful, unique communities.  Many potential buyers look at both and discover which one feels right for them.  Big Canoe is more refined and manicured; Bent Tree is more laid-back and rustic.

The following is a brief comparison of some key aspects of both communities (click image below to zoom or click here for pdf).  If anyone sees something that needs to be corrected on the comparison, you can email with the information and I will get it updated. Both communities offer much more than what is shown below (i.e. hiking trails, playgrounds, bocce courts, numerous organized clubs and activities).

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Coachwhip Trail

April 27, 2014 – wild azalea in bloom on Coachwhip Trail

Last Sunday’s post had information about a house for sale on Coachwhip Court in Bent Tree. Coachwhip Court branches off of Coachwhip Trail, which runs between Grandview Trail and South View Trail. There are currently no houses at all on Coachwhip Trail. There’s an improved waterline and nice fire hydrants, but no houses (and no power lines except for a short section off of Grandview Trail). The heavily wooded area is very pretty, and there are buildable lots. The photo above, of wild azaleas, was taken along Coachwhip Trail last spring. Click the video below (taken last week) for a golfcart ride from one end of the street to the other. The video is pixelated and bumpy, especially at the start. It’s not that easy to record using a phone while on a golfcart. It smooths out some after about 20 seconds. I might have tried to record a smoother version, but then you’d miss the deer I came upon at about the 53 second mark. Watch closely.

Slurping Algae Like Spaghetti

While watching the goldfinches in the spillway the other day (see yesterday’s post), I realized they weren’t there to drink the water. A closer look showed that all three birds were eating long strands of algae, slurping them up like spaghetti noodles. And, they were eating a lot.

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There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

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August 31, 2014 - two males & one female goldfinch in spillway

Well…goldfinch. On Sunday morning, a male goldfinch landed in the spillway. A few minutes later, another male flew in. A few minutes after that, a female appeared.

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August 31, 2014 - male goldfinch at the spillway in Bent Tree



Luna Moth

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August 10, 2012 - luna moth in Bent Tree

The caterpillar in yesterday’s post is a luna moth caterpillar. Click here for more information on luna moths. The photo above and the photos below were taken in Bent Tree over the last few years.

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Name This Caterpillar

This caterpillar was lying motionless on its back when I came across it, yesterday. I gave it a gentle nudge to see if it was alive. It was. If you don’t know what kind it is, check back tomorrow for the answer. Click twice on the first photo below to zoom in and get a really good look.

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September 1, 2014 - caterpillar on its back in Bent Tree

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September 1, 2014 - caterpillar right side up

Black Bear and Whitetail Deer

A couple of days ago, a big black bear was walking through the woods in Bent Tree, flipping logs and looking for food. A healthy looking doe was between the camera and the bear (see pictures below), and the doe sure seemed to think the bear was a predator. The deer stopped in its tracks, watched the bear for about 10 seconds, then bolted away. It was pretty amazing to watch.
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Need a New Wheel That Will Keep on Turning

The water wheel on Hole #3 is all cattywampus and not turning. After several short-lived repairs over the last couple of years (click here for a previous post), the consensus is that it is time for a brand new wheel. The Bent Tree Men’s Golf Association is donating a sizable portion of the needed funds. Others wishing to donate may do so in the Pro Shop.

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August 29, 2014 - Water is hitting the wheel, but the wheel is not turning