Just came back from Wild River State Park and a really fun weekend with Minnesota Rovers!
Not sure, why it is called Wild River. The paddle was fun, but nothing wild about it at all anywhere near this park...
Should be called Wild Flower State Park! The trillium may have peaked, but we still had some nice species coloring the prairie!
The prairie is a great metaphor: It may look all drab from the outside, but once you take a step into it the wonder is revealed.
Poking around in the prairie to find the turkey that had just nearly decapitated Marsha before making off into a tree much higher than we would have expected from this bird.
Galls that house tiny little wasps. One stung me when I unwillingly leaned on it, but I noticed quickly and not much poison got in and the wasp was still reasonably happy too :-)
Hoary puccoon (or is it Carolina puccoon after all?) with a pesky ant.
Saturday: Paddling day.
Tracks of a monster bird - smart money (Mike S.) was on heron. We had seen a lovely heron watching us float down the St. Croix, right on cue after Marsha said that she likes paddling close to shore to see the wildlife. Smart woman!
The cereal bar wasn't garbage left by someone, but my only handy way of giving scale to the prints. What kind of a photographer am I anyway not to bring a quarter with me at all times?!
Yay, otter tracks!
Sunday: After the two big storms
Birding before breakfast: Funny how it is so much easier to get up bright and early for wildlife than it is for work... Mike S. indulged us with spotting and coaxing and I was able to make good use of those binoc's I had borrowed from the park. Using the binocs was a lot more fun than it had been in previous years for various purposes. Getting some good pointers for adjusting and how to use it made a lot of difference. Them birds sure are mighty pretty so close up that you can see them sing! Of course, now I want some binoc's :-)
Mushroom hike after breakfast and break down: Various interesting and pretty distractions.
A perished army caterpillar in it's pearly shroud still hanging on.
Some sort of carnation?
Now this beauty was only possible because of the rain!
I dare you to tell me that these lupine leaves aren't stunningly beautiful because of their rain perls! Biology and physico-chemistry at their most pretty :-)
Pity the drum jam and the astronomy bonanza fell into the water, but still a really fun weekend, because after all, Rovers always have fun, no matter the weather!
Love, peace and hugs to all those peeps who make it so!!!