Tippecanoe State Park.
This little one was foraging in the picnic area. He tried to ignore me snapping pictures but then he decided I was hanging around too long and took off up a tree.
Sorry I disturbed your picnic little one.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
The forest floor is beginning to shut down for the year in a reverse process of spring. Things are dieing off and disappearing and soon all will be at rest.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
This beauty gets its name from its previous use as snuff.
A person who felt the need to clean out the sinuses would take a snort of the dried leaves of this plant and would sneeze.
This is a member of the aster family. This specimen was found in a swampy area at Coffee Creek and is currently in bloom.
Friday, September 24, 2010
THE GENTIAN weaves her fringes,
The maple’s loom is red.
My departing blossoms
A brief, but patient illness,
An hour to prepare;
And one, below this morning,
Is where the angles are.
It was a short procession,—
The bobolink was there,
An aged bee addressed us,
And then we knelt in prayer.
We trust that she was willing,—
We ask that we may be.
Summer, sister, seraph,
Let us go with thee!
In the name of the bee
And of the butterfly And of the breeze, amen!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
This spring I posted some pictures of this tree's beautiful early spring flowers. The culmination of those beautiful flowers are hanging off the trees at Coffee Creek today.
The leaves of the tree are large and truly resemble banana leaves. I managed to find a tiny ripe fruit that had fallen to the ground and broke it open for my first Pawpaw taste.
The verdict on Pawpaw taste; it is delicious. It does resemble a banana in texture, and the taste is something like a banana with a twist of lime.
I vote for more of these lovely and delicious native trees that produce fruit without pesticides or special fertilizers.
Monday, September 20, 2010
When you are walking through the woods and see a deer, stop in your tracks. A deer will usually continue looking for a few minutes and then go back to whatever it was doing when you first walked up.
This can allow you to get some good photographs if you are quiet and patient.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
There are many varieties including sunflowers, zinnias, goldenrods, coreopsis, daisies, dandelions, and safflower for your favorite oil.
Together the asters support a variety of birds, butterflies and wildlife including humans.
Some asters will be in bloom from now through the first hard frost. Then they will provide the seed for the winter for many birds and wild things. And not only that they're quite beautiful.
Friday, September 17, 2010
You are blamed for spreading wilt and virus' to plants. Your larvae get blamed for being corn root worms. You suck the juicy squash, cucumber, and many ornamental plants; just trying to survive and make a living.
This cucumber beetle can do a lot of damage to crops and gardens. He sure is a beauty though.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I think this little guy must be a baby. He was not as afraid of me as the other two were and the other two were a bit protective of him.
Sadly, they will be leaving us soon.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
It was a beautiful morning for a walk; a little chilly with migrating birds stopping in for a tweet and a seed breakfast before moving south.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The birds blend in with the soil color; making them difficult to spot. LaSalle makes a fine habitat for the turkeys. As a result, turkeys can often be seen running through the fields.
Monday, September 13, 2010
A cool night and a warmer morning painted tiny dew drop rainbows on all the leaves and flowers in the park; making a magical morning.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
This beautiful 3-4 foot tall plant has been blooming since July at Coffee Creek. Usually it is covered with butterflies and bees.
A lot of butterflies use the plant as a larva host, so it's nice to have around inspite of being poisonous.
The name comes from early settlers and Native Americans using the root as a snake bite remedy. This is not recommended today due to the poisonous nature of the plant.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
I didn't realize how windy it was until I reached the lake shore. Along the shore the wind was blowing up the sand and with every step every inch of exposed skin was sand blasted.
It is hard to believe something as tiny as a grain of sand can inflict so much pain.
The view was beautiful although I didn't stick around long to enjoy it.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Great Lobelia is said to be the blue version of Cardinal flower. Wouldn't a garden full of the blue and the red together be beautiful?
Monday, September 6, 2010
Acorns are cyclic; some years are a feast; some are famine, making it rough on the little creatures that depend on them.
A flour made of acorns was once eaten by Native Americans after the tannin was leached out. Native Americans understood the acorn cycles and would plan for famine years.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Besides finding monarch caterpillars munching on milkweed plants, you just might find a Buckeye caterpillar munching on just about anything.
Buckeye caterpillars are all dressed up for an early Halloween in black and orange with a little bit of white thrown in. Buckeyes, both butterflies and larva, seem to be particularly abundant this year, so you are bound to see them when you get out on this gorgeous holiday weekend.
Friday, September 3, 2010
I have seen hundreds of these little guys crossing roads and bicycle paths in the autumn. A lot of them get smushed by feet, bicycles, and cars.
They never seem to be happy to stay where they are. They can move very fast, going to their appointed place. Watch out for them, and try not to smush them if you can help it.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The other day while fishing I looked around and found this frog watching me from the shadows. He or she had found a lovely shady spot to view the happenings at the fishing hole.
This may or may not have been the frog parent of the tadpoles that swarmed the edge of the pond. Either way he made a quiet, yet eerie, fishing buddy quietly staring from the shadows.