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Monday, June 8, 2009

An Adventure in the Woods: Beauty and the Beast

A few days ago, we took another drive in the woods to see what I could capture on camera.

First we stopped at a cemetary to check the family's gravesites, where we recently planted flowers. The flowering crabs were in bloom all over the cemetary and were just gorgeous.

Here is a pink flowering crab:

Then, my husband told me he wanted to show me a "hidden waterfall". He said he used to go fishing there a lot when he was growing up, and that it wasn't marked anywhere with signs. He said he just found it by accident one day when he was fishing his way up the river.

When he stopped the car, I couldn't hear any waterfalls or see anything but thick woods. I asked him if it was far, and he said no. I asked him if it was going to be a difficult hike to get to it and he assured me it was not.

So I followed him into the woods. After a few feet, I had to crawl over some logs and it got a little hard for me, but he held out his hand and helped me climb over a few trees and through a thicket, and he was correct. It wasn't far and it was a really pretty little waterfall:

This is the top "shelf" of the waterfall:

This is at the bottom of the waterfall, looking up at it:

Then, there is a small set of rapids over a tiny shelf at the bottom of the falls, too:

All the rocks had moss on them and it was really pretty:

As we walked around in another spot, I saw that the Trilliums are still blooming, but some are turning pink, indicating they were at the end of their lives. These are my favorite wildflowers:

Hubby spotted these purple wildflowers. Does anyone know their name?:

I am always on the look-out for tree mushrooms, and spotted these:

Down a river we saw this cute little cabin:

So now you have seen the "beauty" we saw that day......

Tent catapillars!:

They give me the creeps. The whole "bag" was squirming and crawling with them.
There. I made you itch.
I have accomplished my mission.
After all, I saw them, so someone else has to suffer too! :-D


Brittany said...

I love that waterfall! And great, thanks for making me itch!!!!

Insanitykim said...

The kids loved it!!! :)

The Retired One said...

Brittany: Ah ha! Gotcha!

Insanity Kim: You mean the tent worms? I am SURE kids would love it!!!

Fran Hill said...

Why do I now feel I have headlice?

Great pictures of the waterfall, though. I can just hear it.

Joanie said...

When we were kids, one of those "bags" opened up and they all fell into my sister's very curly hair. I can hear her screaming even today! LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

I thought the ABORT issues were gone. I wrote my whole comment, hit the submit button and WHAM! Got that darn abort message; so try, try again!!

Anyway, yes, you made me itch and made my skin crawl. You'd think with the weather those things would have frozen off!

I'm hitting the submit I go....hope I don't post twice.....HA!

Roshni said...

Glad I'm no where near the caterpillars though!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Hi! The UP just has so many little hidden waterfalls! Your little purple flower is Gaywings, Polygala paucifolia, a springtime fav!

The Retired One said...

Fran: I know...those tent worms give me the creeps.

Joanie: Oh God! I would still need therapy if that had happened to ME !! Yikes!

Cathy: The comment message made it through!!! Yay!

Roshni: I don't go near them often..only for that one picture. YUK!

Sharkbytes: Thanks for the name of the wildflower! You are a walking encyclopedia!

Ann said...

Yuk we call those "bag worms" and if you can reach them you burn them. My computer is going to be full of your great pics that I keep saving for my desktop. I loved the waterfall.

A New England Life said...

I bypassed the last picture REALLY quickly! I've seen enough of them thank you.

The falls, oh my goodness, they are beautiful! Did you and hubby sit and kiss a while? You know, like lovers do? ; )


Shelley said...

You captured wonderful photos of those flowers and your gem of a waterfall!! There are so many great things in the UP!!

The Retired One said...

Grannyann: thanks...It gives me a smile to think that my pictures are on your computer. Love it!

New England: I'm not telling (wink, wink)

Shellmo: Yes, there are many, many pretty scenes to capture up here!

Sara said...

The waterfall is gorgeous, and the flowers

The Retired One said...

Sara: Thanks! They WERE wonderful in person too!

dreamwalker said...

The violet "nameless" flowers are gorgeous!

Rick (Ratty) said...

I love waterfalls! That was great. I hope I'll find a hidden waterfall someday. I don't think there are any near me though. Maybe they're all hidden here. I like the little caterpillars too. I've been seeing these things everywhere but no caterpillars were inside of them.

Bernie said...

Well my friend you have done it again, such beautiful, clear, vivid pictures. You really do live in a nice area, breathtaking for sure......thank you for sharing....
Have a great Tuesday.....:-) Hugs

Loree said...

Gorgeous waterfall and flowers. I thought caterpillars were supposed to turn into nice butterflies. I guess these are different? I have never heard of tent caterpillars before.

The Retired One said...

Dreamwalker: I thought so too. Another reader said they are named "Gaywings".

Ratty: Hidden waterfalls are the BEST! He has run into several by following the rivers fishing. There are more he wants to show me, if I can hike into them without breaking my neck. ha I don't like the tent worms, they eat the leaves and destroy trees.

Bernie: I am glad you are enjoying the pictures. I sure enjoy going out and getting them, too Nothing like being in nature!!

Loree: Thanks! These tent worms are destructive...they eat the trees' leaves and destroy the trees. Some have gone into towns and people find them up their house walls, etc. YUCK!

Unknown said...

I've always been intrigued by waterfalls -- the sights and the sounds. Gorgeous photos!!!

Sherry at EX Marks the Spot

The Retired One said...

Sherry: You are new to my blog, no? Thanks for stopping by. I would love it if you would sign on as one of my blog's "followers".
I stopped by yours today and signed on too.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Great little wildflower! I have not seen that one in Minnesota. EWW those tent caterpillers are bad news. :(

The Retired One said...

Far Side: I read up on the purple is called Gaywings (as my other reader said) does grow in keep looking!
:-D I hate those tent worms...they can be so destructive!

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