Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The swallows have been gone for weeks and it's lonely around here without them; they're one of my favorites with their joyful chatter and antics.
Each day a new round of birds flies through here heading south. My feeder is a really busy place as they all fill up before continuing their journey.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Yesterday we had wind and rain. The rain came down in sheets of tiny spikes that tried to enter the skin like a thousand tiny accupunture needles.
The wind is whipping all the remaining leaves off of the trees. By tonight the trees will be bare. Just right for Halloween.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
A week ago was Blog Action day where bloggers everywhere drew attention to the world's water. I participated on one of my other blogs, but such an important cause deserves another mention here.
Whether it's the water in Lake Michigan, part of the world's largest sources of freshwater or the water in my favorite fishing hole; water is something that I can't live without. Having grown up in the Midwest where water is more plentiful than elsewhere, I am fortunate. However, our water is often so polluted that we can't even eat the fish caught in some areas.
And still there are people who are so shortsighted that they would build factory plants in the middle of a flood plain, risking some of our less polluted areas.
The time has come for us to make long range plans and commitments to protect our precious resourses for today and tommorrow.
Please navigate to this website and sign the petition to protect our water and make sure all humans on the planet have access to clean water of their own.
Enjoy the short video below that I took of one of my favorite streams, Coffee Creek, here in Northwest Indiana. Coffee Creek flows right into Lake Michigan.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Ferns are fascinating. They don't flower; instead they have tiny back spores that they release into the wind. The spores can be seen as tiny black specks about the size of poppy seeds on the back of the fronds.
Ferns are ancient plants that have changed very little over the years.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
She must have come across some tasty corn because she was not going to move from that spot no matter what the danger.
She was having some difficulty chewing it. But she didn't mind.
Down again she went for more.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
During a hike the other day at Cowles Bog in the Indiana Dunes I found this mushroom. It is huge; as big as a human head. It should provide a whole mouse family food for the winter.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Then again there is also the problem with seeing the forest for the trees. It is always difficult to photograph something that you are inside of.
But this year the trees are out doing themselves.
Monday, October 18, 2010
For today though we are enjoying the autumn trees turned into the colors of flame.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This snake was enjoying the summer like weather we're having into October this year.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
This one was really curious or really blind. He waited for me to come down the path and then he slowly lead the way.
He has a very distinctive white ring on his nose. I have never seen one so prominent.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
It was a wonderful day to watch the woodpeckers fly by, gaze at the geese, and listen to a hundred tiny chipmunks in the woods behind me chewing on acorns.
The sun was quickly warming the plants up though, and creating little microcosms that provided bit of autumn ambiance.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Buttonbush likes low swampy areas. It is a native wetland plant that provides food and cover for a variety of butterflies and birds.
Usually the little "button balls" are white. This fall I've been seeing a lot of them turning a magnificent red color.