Monday, June 1, 2020

An Indiana Day trip

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

Feeding the Orioles

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

Baltimore Orioles!

I spied a spot of bright orange in my sycamore tree
and look who's visiting!
I have only seen orioles passing through in the spring.
Let's hope they decide this is a nice place to raise a family.
The striking male

The equally beautiful female

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

April Wildflower Walk

Here's just a few wildflowers found in our woods in April.

 Spring Beauty
Pretty delicate white plowers with pink stripes and blade-like leaves

3 leaves, 3 petals, 3 sepals

Purple pinwheel flowers

 Swamp buttercup
Glossy bright yellow flowers found in moist areas

All green but unforgettable

Virginia Bluebells
True blue nodding flowers that start out as pink buds

Bitter Wintercress
Early yellow flower clusters.

White flowers that appear above a folded symmetrical leaf

 Trout lily with leaves that resemble fish

 Spring Cress
Pale pink flowers in upright stalks

 Dutchmans Britches
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

The Blue Rock Gang Rides Again!

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!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020

The Garden Raider

I think this is the culprit that's been raiding my garden.
Seeds not sprouting, new transplants nipped off, holes dug...

 Looks guilty.

 Tilly would like to take care of the problem.

But he is cute.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Spring Storm

Had a big storm last night.

 High winds blew down this dead ash tree.

 This big cottonwood tree broke off too!

Looks like the trail will be rerouted!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Can You See Me?

Can you spot all five deer?

Harbingers of Spring

These tiny wildflowers are the first to come up in the springtime woods.
They are so tiny, they're easy to miss.

Saturday, March 14, 2020