Monday, June 1, 2020
We've been staying home to avoid the pandemic,
but since the stay at home orders are being lifted, we decided to get out for a change.
We figured a nature preserve would be lightly visited and opted to visit two preserves in west central Indiana.
First, we stopped a Portland Arch Nature Preserve.
It features the only natural arch in Indiana.
Its not a huge or magnificent arch, but it'll do!
There are two parking areas, each with a trail nearby.
Both trails were scenic and short, probably around a mile.
The preserve features sandstone cliffs and the pretty Bear Creek.
About 12 miles away, is another preserve, Fall Creek Gorge, so off we went.
This preserve has a natural feature called the Potholes.
I think we are in the right place!
Owned by the Nature Conservancy, the Potholes are a local favorite.
As soon as we reached the creek, we spotted the potholes under the crystal clear water.
We were unable to wade upstream through the ravine,
but here's a picture of the potholes from above.
Continued on up this inviting staircase...
To find a pretty waterfall!
Both nature preserves were well worth visiting!
Friday, May 8, 2020
After spotting the Baltimore Orioles a few days ago,
I put up some feeders, in the hopes of enticing them to stay.
Well I had success!
Although its not the best picture, there's 5 orioles in this shot!
Two Males & two females checking out my offerings here.
I've seen up to seven. Wow!
Friday, May 1, 2020
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Here's just a few wildflowers found in our woods in April.
Pretty delicate white plowers with pink stripes and blade-like leaves
3 leaves, 3 petals, 3 sepals
Purple pinwheel flowers
Glossy bright yellow flowers found in moist areas
All green but unforgettable
True blue nodding flowers that start out as pink buds
Early yellow flower clusters.
White flowers that appear above a folded symmetrical leaf
Trout lily with leaves that resemble fish
Pale pink flowers in upright stalks
Pantaloon shaped flowers above lacy foliage
False Rue Anemone
Delicate white flowers with groupings of 3 leaves covering the forest floor
Hepatica or Liverwort
Early blooming white flowers with 3 triangular (liver shaped) leaves
Monday, April 27, 2020
We finally had an opportunity to ride.
The first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
We saddled up separately, practiced social distancing - keeping at least a horse length apart,
and wore our masks.
Me & Rocky
Janette and Apollo
I think the horses enjoyed a change of scenery too!