Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
The wounded, the fallen;
Those who served;
Remember the mothers;
The ones who waited;
Who loved, who mourned.
Remember the children;
For a year or two, forever;
May we always guard what
They suffered for;
Hold freedom dear;
Saturday, May 28, 2011
It's such a beautiful plant, you can imagine why it was cultivated by early settlers.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Wild Geraniums make good garden plants too. They are a compact, non-spreading indigenous wildflower that does well in shady areas. They can bring color to an early spring garden as well as brighten up the wild woods.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I've even got his rather pecular call on video. Some sort of Vireo?
Columbines are a native wildflower and butterflies and hummingbirds are said to love them.
Monday, May 23, 2011
These trees are very pretty, with long banana like leaves that provide shade in the summer.
It would be really great if the fruit would catch on as a healthy alternative to all the non-native trees that are raised for fruit in the U.S. The Indiana Banana wouldn't require a bit of pesticide to grow.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Also newly hatched are clouds of mosquitoes that rise out of the tall grass with a roar--they are actually quite audible.
No wonder the frogs are looking so happy! Be sure to bring the bug stuff when you go.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Last week the woods finally turned green; its brilliance filled the eyes; so beautiful in its once a year appearance that it can make even the most appreciative melancholy. It is a beauty that happens seldom and it is a shame to miss one year of it. It is a reminder that life is, indeed too short.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The DNR is currently fighting an influx of cattails not native to the bog. The horrendous job of uprooting the cattails and planting native sedges is a hot, summer job.
A couple of the dunes can be seen in the background of the picture.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Even in the heat of the summer, when the refreshing water would be a real treat, this area may be deserted.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I was hoping to catch sight of a Whippoorwill but when I searched in the area of the call I discovered a Red-winged Blackbird mimicking a call!
The areas between the Dunes are great for birdwatching and I found a pair of Red-Headed Woodpeckers hunting for insects. They were sticking to one area. Hopefully they are here to nest.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Considered a bane today, in some places, I have a different view of Canadians than most, because I can still remember how rare they once were. I love their graceful movements through the water and their noisy celebration of life in general.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
And these tiny gold birds outsmart any cowbirds that may lay eggs in their nests; cowbirds can't survive on thistle.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
It is said that ants are responsible for planting seeds for this wildflower...job well done.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
But the recent rains have also brought a profusion of wildflowers to the park, among them, it has been raining violets.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
They can be found under trees in rich, moist areas in the woods. These are from Coffee Creek and the woods of Sunset Hill Farm Park are covered with the delightfully unique wildflowers.