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.
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
Winter Cress. One of the first green foods deer prefer in the spring. This plant is covered with bees and butterflies. It's blurry because it was taken on hay-filled trailer pulled by a tractor at the YMCA's camp Manitou-lin.
I try to balance my ass-like qualities with delightfulness.