Brad and I hiked yesterday and parts of the ground looked like they were moving as hundreds of these little toads hopped about.
Huge crayfish (by Michigan standards…maybe 7 inches)
Speckled May Apple? I’ve never seen this coloration before?
Cute snail/ terrible garden pest
I finally have a garden again and it’s a wonderful feeling.
So this winter we’ve had a lot of ice storms. First day we received a half inch of ice.
And then we got another two inches of ice the next day.
My love waiting patiently while I stopped the car mid- drive in the middle road to take some pictures of the ice storm magic.
And on the third day it snowed 12″.
And everything was heavy….
Overall it was a record-breaking winter full of below 0ºF days and over 120″ of snow fall. Spring arrived early summer.
There are a few repeat photos in this blog, but since the last few years’ worth of photos were deleted I’m reposting the photos.
It’s a busy time of year full of dance practice until 9 and homework until 11. It’s dark by dinner and cold enough for snow. My fingers are so cold they no longer react with the touch screen on my phone.
A praying mantis with one antennae. One of the things I love about photography is the ability to observe things in detail. Making these discoveries, which usually involve a missing leg or antennae, are thrilling to me.
A daddy long leg.
Fall arrived in Michigan and is on its way out. It’s already snowed once.
This frog tried to hide under a log full of spider webs and ended up with web face.
A tree shaped like the state of Michigan.
It’s a boy! I’m impressed with whomever created this natural human statue.
Green Heron and a frog.
The heron only had the the frog by the end of a leg and brought it to the dock for safer eating. If it dropped the frog the heron wouldn’t lose it in the water.
A meaty frog meal.
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
This guy has a penis and spiders don’t. He also doesn’t have a segmented head or produce silk like spiders. It’s not a spider.
A patch of trillium along the trails. The woods were brown and covered in leaves just two weeks ago and are now green and full of wildflowers and a lot of thorns.
Trillium, the state wildflower in Michigan.
In the garden.
Redbud tree blooms.
Bleeding hearts. The next night we had a freeze that killed all these flowers.
One of my favorite trees
A cardinal nest.
There’s finally an egg in the cardinal nest.
Newly hatched Cardinal
Pregnant deer…. see how the belly protrudes below her middle?
Some of the first wildflowers spotted in the woods.
The last bluebird egg in the first laid clutch sits on the ground destroyed. It is now legal for me to remove the nesting material from the nest box. It’s illegal to destroy a viable song bird’s nest.
A few days later there was a new clutch of bluebird eggs laid.
Female Eastern Bluebird guarding her nest.
Eastern Bluebird fledgings
Sometimes I’m driving down the road and I’ll see a horse, a donkey and a goat hanging out.
Or catch sight of a bird nesting on my way home from work and have to stop for a quick picture.
A leaping deer.
Three robin eggs.
Catching some down time in the park.
Had a great visit to the Skeba’s farm on Lake Leelanau.
We found some morel mushrooms.
And we found a fawn too.
Jack in the Pulpit