Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mid Summer Flowers

Wood Sage


Ironweed with cabbage butterflies

Woodland Sunflower


Some sort of sweet pea?

Tiger swallowtail on Joe Pye Weed

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Jasper & the Big Green Ball

Jasper was introduced to the big green ball last weekend. 
Being a prey species, most horses are frightened of it.
Not Jasper!
I love how he's watching it!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer is fluttering by

Eastern Black Swallowtail

Pearl Cresent Butterfly

Sulfur Butterfly

Great Southern White Butterfly

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Colorful mushrooms

The only thing I'm spotting lately are mushrooms & bugs.  
Too hot for anything else.

Lots of different colored ones, like this green one.

 A bright red one
A dusty gray one.

Bright orange chicken mushrooms.

Here's a strange worm-like one.

Another horse injury

Rocky managed to injure himself,
possibly on a gate latch or sharp branch
while trying to avoid Jasper's domination.

A trip to the vet and some fancy stitches.....

and he's sewn up.
But he'll be staying at the vet's until the drain tube is removed from the wound.
Poor Rocky.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A walk on the prairie

Prophetstown State Park has a tallgrass prairie.

Saw lots of interesting prairie flowers, such as this blue vervain.

Wild potato vine was growing along trail 2 which bordered the prairie.

Teasel & Red Admiral Butterfly

Prairie Coneflower

Beautiful, but what is it?

Here's a dickcissel.

Lots of these guys were singing.

A visit to Historic Prophetstown

We visited historic Prophetstown today.

It is a 1920's era working farm.

The old stove & sink in the kitchen.

The barnyard.

Bo meets a pig.

The horse barn

Draft horses used to plow & harvest crops.

Fair Faces