Saturday, August 6, 2016

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Have you heard of this place?
Its a world of tall sand dunes & great lakes.

 These dunes are huge.

And don't be mislead by them.
They are strenuous to climb.

Don't miss the beautiful sunset over Lake Michigan.
A national seashore worth visiting.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Fredrick Meijer Gardens

We visited the Meijer Gardens near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 One of the highlights of the gardens is this 30 foot tall horse, 
one of the reasons I wanted to visit.

But there are lots of sculptures, both realistic & modernistic.

Napping guy
 A big spring!

There's a re-created farmhouse with many barnyard statues scattered nearby.

And near the farmhouse  is a walkway along a lake with turtles, ducks & swans.

There is also a Japanese garden.

 There are even sculptures in the parking lots!
Its worth a visit.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Buttereflies & Such

 Spicebush Swallowtail

 Cabbage Butterfly

 Pearl Crescent

 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Widow Dragonfly

Friday, July 8, 2016

Bugs at the Ranch

Back home in the height of summer 
and seeing lots of bugs

 This angry looking fellow was trapped inside an empty flowerpot 
and when I dumped him out, he wasn't too happy.
But he found his way to the grass & escaped.

 I spotted this hummingbird moth on some bee balm along the trails.

 Bee balm, or monarda, is quite enticing to lots of insects.

This pretty ladybug was checking out the blooming milkweed.

Daddy Longlegs spider climbing on stinging nettle.