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Monday, August 3, 2009

More This and That from the Woods....

It's time again to take you on a journey in the Michigan woods with me.

Come and look at what we saw, shall we?

First, a lovely stream in the middle of the woods:

And look! A turtle on a log!:

And an unusual black and white mushroom:

Here is the side view of the same mushroom. I liked the lacey sides:

And then? : We saw a HUGE turtle crossing a wood's road:

I don't know the name of this wildflower. It isn't a Queen Anne's Lace, I don't think, but I loved the open look of the flowers:

And another damselfly on a blade of grass:

We rode down a road and right where water was coming out of a drainage ditch where a little river flowed, I spotted a snake~! My husband could not believe I saw it from the car window. So, we stopped the car, I climbed down the hill from the road and I swear he posed for me:

Here is a close up of that big turtle that was crossing the road. We wanted to carry him to the other side so noone would drive over him. He wasn't real happy about our assistance, but I did make him pose for a photo before we placed him on the side of the road in the grass. He quickly crawled into the woods when we put him there:

Stay tuned...we have lots more "day in the woods" pictures coming.
Because it is one of my favorite things to do...
treasure hunt for photos in the woods!


Brian Miller said...

what a playground we have at our disposal...if only more people went out in it, i think we would appreciate it more...thanks for these walks. such fun.

Mitzi said...

I wanted you to know that I really enyoyed your slide show and the additional pictures. You and I seem to like alot of the same things. I live in Lower Michigan(Hamilton)and am always attracted to Michigan blog sites.Glad you are enjoying your retirement.Marlyn E.

SquirrelQueen said...

You have very lovely woods in your part of the country. I love all the wildlife and mushrooms. It was very nice of the little snake to pose for you, and the turtle also.

Have a great day,

Bernie said...

Joan, your snake looks just like the one in Wanda's post today. I am like your husband, can't believe you spotted it from the car, loved the woods, the walk, the turtle and all the beautiful things you always find as you walk through nature....Looking forward to more wonderful pictures my friend......:-) Hugs

The Retired One said...

Brian: I agree. I didn't enjoy the woods near as much as I do now that I have my camera and can do macro pictures of some of the wildflowers and dragonflies, etc. You notice so much detail and color and textures!

Mitzi: I hope you join on as a Follower to my blog! I would love that! It is great to have others who know about the U.P. join the site!

SquirrelQueen: We do! Wait until Autumn when our leaves change! I will be taking a LOT of the colored leaves and posting them.

The Retired One said...

Bernie: I will have to go to Wanda's site and look at her snake too!

Wanda said...

I loved everyone of your photos...the first because of it's perfect "imperfectness" I loved the fallen trees around it's edge...the mushroom and the underside of the turtle's top shell were beautiful...and such a perfect shot of the photo Bernie mentioned is of the midsection only...he was hidden behind blackberries! said...

I see the Statue of Liberty on the turtle belly. Not the same as seeing the Virgin Mary, but...

I saw a snake yesterday too, just as I mowed over it.

Lovely pix as always! :)

DJan said...

That mushroom looks very interesting. I myself think it looks lethal, too, so I hope you didn't harbor any thoughts about harvesting it! I also thought your snake decided to pose for you.

I love my camera too, and it was you who got me interested. BTW, we do have dragonflies here, after looking at yours I have been noticing them, although not many, they are definitely there. Nobody has posed for me, though. Still working on it.

Sue said...

Those darn turtles are NEVER thankful when you help them!
Great pics!!

The Retired One said...

Wanda: Isn't it funny? It looks like the same kind of snake you had in your blog.

Going: I DO see the Statue of Liberty on the turtle...I hadn't noticed that before. How funny!

DJan: What a nice compliment...that it was me who got you interested in your camera! You made my day! Now when I see all your wonderful pictures, I will smile. The compliment that keeps on giving.ha

Sue: True! He pee'd all over my husband's jeans. Probably out of fear...I mean a giant picked him up for a picture.I probably would end up doing the same thing! ha

Sharon said...

I love where you live. What a guy that turtle was! I'd love to see that part of the country someday.

Fran Hill said...

I am taking that picture of the mushroom to the hair salon with me tomorrow. I love the style.

Barb said...

I'm visiting you from Wanda's blog. Your pictures of wildlife and Nature are quite beautiful! I'll be visiting Eagle Harbor in the UP in Sept - my friends have a family cottage there. I look forward to seeing the beauty in person.

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

I just love coming here and taking a walk with you!!!!!

Aria said...

I hope you winked at hubby and told him that you could always make out a snake in the grass... ;-) lol

A New England Life said...

When an ordinary day turns extraordinary. So many wonderful things to see on a simple walk, even a snake! Poor turtle, all scared like that ; ) He probably thought it was the end!

grannyann said...

Thanks for the trip through the woods. I think I will by-pass the snake but loved the other pics. We had a few mushrooms this weekend but none that pretty.

The Retired One said...

Sharon: If you ever want to come up to the U.P.,just let me know. There are so many waterfalls and lakes and things to see!

Fran: Funny! You wouldn't want the look of the split ends though!

Barb: Thanks so much for stopping by my blog...I would LOVE it if you joined on as a Follower to my blog. Eagle Harbor is really nice...make sure you make it to Copper Harbor is quite beautiful. There is SO much to see in the U.P.!

Boomer: And I love that you stop by...thanks so much!

Aria: FUNNY! I think I CAN spot any type of snake in the grass. ha

New England: It might have been his end had we not picked him up and moved him to the side. ha

Grannyann: I have seen all kinds of mushrooms I have never seen before. Coming up in a post soon, we saw a set of rust colored ones growing along a tree and another one shaped almost like a star dish...amazing!

Insanity Kim said...

You inspired me to do a pictorial of my date w/ my hubby, especially since I got my *drool* new camera!

Wait until you see the spider I got a pic of, coming soon!

Love your photos and commentary as always!!!

Loree said...

What a gorgeous mushroom. I am amazed at it's colour and texture.

Jientje said...

It is Queen Anne's Lace, yes. I enjoy walking along with you, you're so lucky to live in such a beautiful piece of paradise, and I can imagine the joys of making photo hunt walks there!

lotusleaf said...

Sorry, I am always last with my comment although I love your blog. Its because of the huge time gap. The photos are lovely, as usual. Did the same taxidermist stuff the snake too, Ha!

The Retired One said...

Insanity: I hope the spider wasn't on the date with your hubby. Wowsa!

Loree: That is exactly what I liked about it too! I hadn't seen one like that before seeing this one, either.

Jientje: Someone told me it is in the same family as a Queen Anne's Lace but that it is not one. Yes, we have a lot of nature around us to take photos and 4 beautiful seasons to make it all look different during the year.

Lotusleaf: Don't worry about being last in comments...I am just so grateful that you visit my blog and comment at whatever timeframe that works for you! That snake was very much alive, I assure you. ha

Shelley said...

These were beautiful photos! I would've love to have hung out by this stream. This would've made a great commercial for why people should visit Northern Michigan! (minus the snake of course! lol!)

Alan Burnett said...

Fascinating Blog - a pleasure to read. This is what blogging is all about.

The Retired One said...

Shelly: Thanks so much. Ah c'mon, the snake was least he didn't try and swim towards me to bite me! ha You would've heard me screaming from there! ha

Alan: Thanks so much..hope you joined on as a Follower...I will be watching your photos too!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It's so pretty and green there! That's how it usually looks here in the summer. That mushroom is really neat looking.

The Retired One said...

Catherine: It is really green now with all the rain we have been getting, but it has been a cold one. So weird when all the rest of the nation has such heat!

Ratty said...

My favorite kind of pictures! And turtles are some of my favorite animals.

The Retired One said...

Ratty: I am so glad you enjoyed them! I love the turtles too...and they get spooked so easily, it is hard to capture them on film before they splash under water on me!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

The pictures are simply delightful, exqusite,beautiful - the green woods, the turtle, the mushroom, the snake, the flowers all of them.You are really a gifted and creative photographer. Really enjoyed this. Thanks. Ram

The Retired One said...

Ram: Thanks SO much...can you see me blushing? Wow, if I ever need motivation to keep taking photos, I will go back and read your compliments over and over. ha

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