Archive for the 'Random Pathways' Category



07
Jun
10

baby chipmunk

Once again I must echo the words of John Muir:  In every walk with nature, one receives more than he seeks.  This morning when I went for my walk, I found this baby chipmunk laying on the road.  I wasn’t sure if it was dead or alive, so I laid down on the road next to it to get a good picture, and it scurried away from me and back into the ditch.  I walked farther on and after chasing a Swallowtail butterfly around I was able to get some nice pictures of it.  All in all, I must say this was more than I expected when I set out on my walk.

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06
Jun
10

Thank you Jack

There is an old tractor in a clearing in the woods behind our house.  It is on the site of a old homestead, and my dear friends (and neighbors)  Jack and his wife Vinnie own the land.  Anyway, I just love that old tractor and the cream separator that stands beside it, (also the old manure spreader that sits nearby).   The tractor is sitting in a patch of Daylilies and there used to be a blue mason jar, standing upside down on the cream separator.  One day quite a while ago, I noticed that the jar was missing, so I asked what happened to it.  I can’t really remember what I was told, just that someone had taken it, and brought it back to the house.   Anyway, Jack, being the sweetheart that he is, decided to surprise me and put the jar back where it had been because he knew that I missed seeing it there.  When I saw him yesterday, he said to make sure I went to see the tractor.  I didn’t get there yesterday, but this afternoon, when I went for a walk in the woods, this is what I found.  He not only put the jar back, but he also tied a couple roses on it too.  It really made my day, and it made an awesome picture too.  I’m still smiling just thinking about it.  Thank you Jack, you’re the best.

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

~Donna Roberts~

05
Jun
10

in every walk with nature…

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

~John Muir~

The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the works of the Creator.

~Louis Pastuer~

(Dogbane)

This afternoon, as I was out taking a walk, I kept thinking of these two quotes.  It never ceases to amaze me how every time I take a walk, or go in the woods, I find so many beautiful things.  I find things to take pictures of, but more importantly, I find peace of mind and tranquility.  I always receive more than I was seeking and I am always amazed at the beauty of God’s creation.

Dogbane.

Cinquefoil

Goldenrod Spider

This is my favorite bug, the Dogbane Beetle.  I love that it is so shiny, metallic looking and multi-colored.  I also like the fact that they do not run or fly away and they just sit there and let me take all the pics I want.

Maryland Figwort

Columbine

Blue-eyed Grass

Cypress Spurge

Bumble Bee and Clover  (cropped)

Orange Hawkweed

This Bladder Campion that will open in a few days.

Bladder Campion

05
Jun
10

lake hilbert

I went to visit my brother and his family last Sunday and while I was there I took some pictures of the lake to show how far down the water level is.   All the mud you see in the pictures used to be covered with water.  You’ll notice that the docks don’t even reach the water anymore.

The water used to be right up to where the tall grass starts in this picture, except for the area to the right where the tree is.  The dock used to be at the far left, but they moved it out farther, and now it is at the far right, but you can only see a tiny bit of it in this picture.  This lake has a lot of mud at the bottom, probably about two to three feet, but the water is only a few inches above the muck here in this area and my brother said you can walk right across the lake here now, in fact, the kids from across the lake did just that last weekend.

Lake Hilbert is made up of 3 sections.  They are referred to as first lake (the one I’m on in this shot), and in this picture you can see a small channel that leads into the second lake.  There is another channel that leads from the second lake into the third lake, but you can’t see it in this picture, but it would be on the right.

03
Jun
10

my good deed for the day

My alarm went off at 7:00 this morning and 15 minutes later I was still thinking about actually getting up, when I heard chirping and splashing right outside the bedroom window.  The cats ran to the window to have a look, and so did I.  What I saw was a bird trying desperately to get out of a bucket of water that was about half full.  I ran outside and tipped the bucket so the bird could get out and I saw that it was a young robin.  It was breathing heavy and shivering, so I took it around to the front of the house and put it in the grass in the sunshine to warm up and settle down.  After about an hour it was dried off and stopped shivering and looked much better, and it was calm enough to let me pet it.  There was a bird in the tree above me that was chirping quite loudly and  I think it was the mama.  I went for a walk and when I got back it was gone.  I feel sorry for the baby bird, but I’m glad I got to have such an amazing experience, and besides, the little bird survived.  Poor Axl had to wait much longer than usual to be let out of his crate though.  I didn’t want him to find the baby bird before mama bird did.

Straight out of the bucket of water.

The trip to the front of the house.

Looking much better.

This picture makes me think of the book I used to read to my daughter when she was little called, “Are You My Mother?”.

31
May
10

Purple trillium and matching spider

Before I get started here, let me first say thank you very much to wordpress.com for featuring my “Remember” post (5/31/2010) on their Freshly Pressed page.  I really appreciate it and I am flattered that they liked my post well enough to put it on the home page.  Next, I’d like to express a sincere thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog and a sincere thank you for all the wonderful comments.  I hope you liked what you saw here well enough to come back and see what else I have posted from time to time.

Now, about my pictures.  I’ve taken quite a few pictures in the last two days and it’s going to take me awhile to get them all posted (as usual), but I will get them posted.  I took a walk this evening and took a lot of pics, but I’m just going to post two of them for now.  We have a lot of Trilliums growing around here, and they are almost all gone now, but the cool thing about trilliums is that, though they are normally white, when they get old and start to die, they turn purple, which I think is great because purple is my favorite color.  As I was walking along, I decided the take a picture of this trillium and when I went down in the ditch for the picture, I realized that there was a spider on it.  I absolutely hate spiders, but I’d do anything for a good picture, including getting totally creeped out, so there I was with the camera about 3 inches away, shooting like crazy.  I looked it up in my bug book and it is a Goldenrod spider.  The goldenrod isn’t up yet, so I suppose this spider is just hanging out on the trilliums, waiting.  I like how the stripe on the spider matches the trillium.  It also looks like he’s holding something in front of his face.  Supper, maybe??

25
May
10

Monday morning walk

Yesterday morning, as I sat out on the deck with my coffee, I tried to decide if I should go kayaking or take a walk.  I decided to take a walk and it turned out to be the right decision.  I ended up seeing something so amazingly beautiful that it took my breath away.  As I was walking down a side road, I turned and saw a doe and fawn just a short distance into the woods.  I stopped walking immediately and slowly got my camera ready.  The little fawn didn’t see me and was slowly walking towards me, but mama deer saw me and watched closely, but didn’t move.  The fawn was a little wobbly yet and probably only a day or so old.  After a minute or two, mama got nervous and started to whistle and run.  The baby dropped to the ground and mama ran a short distance away to watch.  I walked in and took a couple quick shots and left so I wouldn’t disturb them any further.  The baby laid perfectly still the whole time.  That is how they react to danger.  The mama signals an alarm and the baby drops and remains motionless and the mama runs around to draw attention away from the baby, then when the threat has passed, she comes back for the baby.  I felt bad for scaring them, but that little baby was such a wonder to see.

The quality is bad on this pic, I had to crop it quite a bit.




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