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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Another trip in the woods...

As I mentioned in an earlier blogpost, we took a trip a few days ago in the woods.

When we went there, we saw so many things I wanted to photograph, so I did. And I kept them for future posts.

So, today I thought I would share some more shots I got out on our trip.



When we first pulled up beside this pond, I looked across it and saw EIGHT big turtles on a log, sunning themselves! They were spread out, so I could only photograph a few at a time on the log:


Here is a closer look at one of them:




Here are the ones on the other half of the log:


And this single one, on another log!:





This is what we commonly refer to as a "picker bush" because of its thorns. But up close, it is kind of pretty. Look at the spider web tangled up in it:






This is a little river we saw out in the middle of the woods:







And a frog I saw in the middle of the lily pads:







I went to take a picture of the daisy and a BIG BUG landed on it!:









And, as we drove down a wood's road, we saw this adorable cabin (in the middle of nowhere!):











Here is a closeup of the horns over the door! I think they are moose horns:











Here is a beautiful butterfly I saw (or is it a moth, Ratty?):














We call this a "devil's paintbrush"...they are considered weeds to most people...but look how pretty it is up close:














Here, is another shot of some. I love the deep orange colors of them:

We saw some more wildlife both on that trip and on the lake, so I will be posting more in the next week or so....

17 comments:

DJan said...

What a lovely journey. Thank you so much for taking these pictures. I look forward so much to the "eye candy" I have at your site. Hope I can keep my sugar intake up at this level! The turtles are really great, too!

Wanda said...

The lily pads give the water a strange effect in the photo of the 8 turtles...making it very interesting!

Sue said...

I loved the turtles all sunning themselves. And isn't that cabin just the cutest! Oh darn, now I miss our old one. Sigh.
Great pictures, looks like you had a wonderful day!

Wendy said...

A Butterfly or a moth? Who cares... It is beautiful! "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet!"

Wendy

Kimberly said...

So pretty Mom! I guess I DO miss summer in Michigan sometimes...especially the forests there...as you know, the forest in the South is quite a bit different!

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

These are just wonderful!!!!

The Retired One said...

DJan: I love it..."eye candy"...a great compliment!! We went out again today and there will be more "nature" pictures soon!~

Wanda: I love turtles. We saw more today out in the woods, so stay tuned!

Sue: I LOVED that cabin too! We saw more turtles today and I got more shots...ao keep watching!

Wendy: I know..I like them no matter what they are..(moth or butterfly!)

Kim: Thanks! There will be more, and YES the partridge is coming. Keep reading :-}

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

How pretty! I love seeing all the turtles, I've wished we could have one in our pond. What a cute little cabin too!

Mojo said...

Thank you for your photos.You have captured many interesting things. The visuals of a different place gives me great enjoyment.

Loree said...

I love the picture of the river. It looks so peaceful. Maybe I can plan a family trip to the area one day.

The Retired One said...

Boomer: Thanks! I love going out in the woods and capturing images.

Gardener: I loved the cabin! The red paint and the moose horns were terrific!

MOJO: You are new to my blog! Welcome aboard. I hope you joined on as a Follower, and that you stop by often.

Loree: I would love that. Make sure you let me know if you want to come to our area on a trip...it is beautiful and I can give you some tips to look for..plus it would be such a fun time to meet!

grannyann said...

What can I say - I love to look at your photos!! Another batch of "Hits".

SquirrelQueen said...

The devil's paintbrush is so pretty, that is a great shade of orange.

I love the turtles, they are so much fun to watch. I can't believe there were so many, I usually just see one or two. And the butterfly/moth is beautiful no matter which. It does sort of remind me of a Eastern Black Swallowtail.

As DJan said, great eye candy.

The Retired One said...

Grannyann: So glad you liked them!

SquirrelQueen: I know, we have seen more turtles this year than EVER. We just saw another big one yesterday, there will be more photos coming soon.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Once again awesome & amazing photographs - breathtakingly beautiful. Loved the turtles on the logs.

Ratty said...

Your butterfly is definitely a butterfly. That reminds me to do a post that explains the differences. I've seen this kind of butterfly in my research on them. I'm pretty sure it's a white admiral. Your picture inspired me to go and check. These butterflies are very common around the great lakes.

The Retired One said...

RR: Thanks! There will be a bunch more nature photos coming...I did two verbal posts because I went out of town for the weekend. I am back now trying to get caught up and will be posting some more this coming week. Stay tuned!

Ratty: I was gone to Duluth this weekend and just got back, so if you posted your post I haven't read it yet. I look forward to your educating me on how to tell a butterfly from a moth..I see a lot of the white admirals in the woods along with some yellow ones I will post later this week.

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