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Friday, August 7, 2009

This and That From Our Trip in the Woods...

On our last trip out to the woods, we roamed some roads, saw a farm, and some other creatures. We even found a restaurant to go to to catch lunch.

Follow me, won't you...in retracing my day?:



I thought this little white moth on the bright green ferns was very pretty:




Then, I stepped over to my right and something hopped away!
I found him though, after a treasure hunt....
here is the grasshopper I found!:





My husband found a treasure and led me over to see it.
It is the ingredient in my FAVORITE pie.
Raspberries!:




Then, he found the ingredients to HIS favorite pie.
Blueberries!:




Something bright orange caught my eye from the car.

We stopped and there were the brightest orange tree mushrooms I have ever seen!:


We saw several farms on our way out to the deeper woods.
I loved this pastoral scene:





I made my husband stop the car so I could get pictures.
He said: "You aren't seriously going to take pictures of COWS, are you?"
What do YOU think I said?
Evidently, the cow was asking the SAME question:






And this big guy asked: "What YOU lookin' at?"


So, fine.
I left them alone.
Gheesh....I thought cows had more humor in them than that.
I mean don't they call the ice cream trucks: Good Humor trucks?
Oh well....so on we went.


Because I obviously have an addiction to finding tree mushrooms, I got excited over this whopper! (Did I say Whopper?..I must have all that beef on my mind yet):
But seriously, wasn't that a uniquely shaped tree mushroom in just the perfect spot?
I know you want a closer look.
I know I did.....



See how pretty it is? Almost looks like a ruffle.
We continued on our journey.
Passing a little road into a cabin, I thought I saw movement out of the corner of my eye.
I had my husband stop the car and hopped out, with camera in hand.
I just knew something was in the woods....




I was right.
Look at her beautiful eyes.
She was still, peeking at me from behind the brush.
All that talk about blueberries, raspberries and beef was making us hungry.
We knew one of the little towns on the way home had a bar that served burgers.
But would YOU want to eat....
at something called:

That's right...it is called UP CHUCKS!!!
Because upper Michigan is called the U.P. (for Upper Peninsula) it is a play on words..you know:
U.P. Chucks...turns into up chucks.....
Oh well, guess you gotta live up here to get it and find it funny.
P.S. The burgers were great.
And we didn't....
(we didn't up chuck)!!!

22 comments:

DJan said...

Two of your pictures are not showing up for me: the closeup of the ruffly mushroom, and the first one of the farm? Anyway, the ones I do see are first rate, and I got the U.P. Chucks the minute I saw it, and thought well, that's pretty clever, but to name a RESTAURANT that? Not so clever. Thanks for sharing these great photos, and for inviting me along.

DJan said...

Oh, I forgot to say, what a great shot of the deer!! Such a lovely set of eyes, you just know she's gentle and sweet.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Your post reminds us that there is another LIFE beyond our busy, noisy life. I love everything, even not-so-friendly cows, but the deer with such big ears won my heart. I hope he is not a cousin of that deer who ate my roses and phlox!

Barb said...

Obviously, those were not CA cows, or they would have been smiling, talking, and maybe even dancing for you! Loved the mushrooms and the photo of the deer is very endearing... Hope you had a burger to get even with the cows!

Sue said...

That deer photo is so awesome. You really have gotten some marvelous pictures. And isn't it nice how patient hubbies can be???
Have a great weekend!

lotusleaf said...

The expression on the cows' faces is hilarious. The deer seems to be curious to see the visitor to the woods.

Brian Miller said...

lol. a good walk in the woods will work up an appetite. my boys brought two moths in the house the other day...thinking they would be great pets...so far we have removed one...the other has made a home in the high ground...think he knows if he comes down he is out...

Ratty said...

I always love seeing pictures of cows. They actually have more personality than most people believe. The deer are always great. I have some pictures of a grasshopper but it was hidden too well for me to mess with. All great pictures.

grannyann said...

Good chuckle on UP Chucks...and I loved the photo of Bambi.

Insanity Kim said...

The deer and the raspberries are especially fantastic!!

I can't wait to get out on our nature walk when it cools downs to see what I can come up with! Awesome as always!

The Retired One said...

DJan: They all show up on my computer and no one else reported problems...try again and let me know if you see all the photos ok? Thanks.

Tatyana: yes, they eat a lot of gardens. Luckily, at home they do not come to our garden, even though we live on a lake.

Barb: I try NOT to think of those big, gentle cow eyes when I eat my burgers. ha

Sue: My husband is the BEST. In fact, tonight he suggested to take me out for a ride to try and catch some photos...it was pretty quiet except for one animal which I will post soon....

Lotusleaf: I loved the cows expressions too. The deer is so pretty, isn't it?

Brian: Living in the house with two little boys must keep you hopping...and laughing.

Ratty: Thanks...I always love seeing animals in the woods. I STILL tell people your experience with the little raccoons running up to you and up your leg!

Grannyann: I cracked up when I saw the sign and told my husband we HAD to eat at UP Chucks so I could take a photo of their sign.

SquirrelQueen said...

The photo of the deer is fantastic, I love it.

You would think those cows would have had a little better sense of humor I mean you did make them blog stars. Such attitudes!

I really like the close up of the mushroom, that was such a neat find.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Judy

Bernie said...

Joan, UP Chucks was hilarious, and as usual your pictures were amazing. I especially loved, loved, loved the pastoral picture. If it were mine I think I would even have it framed. Thanks again my friend sharing your wonderful days and photos....not to mention your wonderful husband who continues to stop and allow you to take these beautiful pictures.
Have a great w/k....:-) Hugs

J.J. in L.A. said...

I got the restaurant's humor...cute name! And you should frame that deer picture! It's (now) my favorite one.

Jientje said...

I love cows, I guess you know that by now. But that "fellow" you've got there is a lady. But I guess you know that? Love the deer, she's so pretty!

Alan Burnett said...

Loads of wonderful photos but I think I like the berry ones the best.

Wanda said...

Loved your photos Joan...you have a great camera and eye! Enjoyed retracing your day!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

I just have to say, these photos are exquisite. Thanks so much for bringing us on the tour. The one of the deer is amazing -- that you caught it and in focus right at that moment. You've got a great, steady finger. Great job!

Rocky Mountain Retreat said...

The deer peering through the leaves is remarkable... a very nice capture indeed!!! The others are all very beautiful as well.

The Retired One said...

Insanity: Thanks...I loved seeing the deer, and she stood still for me long enough to snap her photo!

SquirrelQueen: Thanks, Judy! I love being out there taking whatever strikes my eyes!

Bernie: Yes, my hubby is great! In fact sometimes he tells ME that we need to go out in the car for a ride in the woods to see what we can capture.

JJ: Thanks, she really was beautiful staring back at me from the woods!


Jientje: Yes, I see the udders, but its fact looks like a guy to me. ha

Alan: Thanks! I liked the deer and the berries and heck the mushrooms too. ha I just like being out there and capturing the ordinary so that everyone can see the beauty up close and personal.

Wanda: Thanks so much for your nice compliments!

Roxane: Sometimes I am not so steady, but luckily I don't show those ones on the blog. ha

Rocky Mountain: Thanks Michelle! I wish I had some of your mountains to capture...I sure love seeing pix from your part of the world!

Brittany said...

Beautiful pictures of course -as always. Love the one of the orange mushrooms, they are so vibrant, beautiful! I think the restaurant name is awesome, I am going to have to come up there to try them out. I bet they have fantastic food!!!!

The Retired One said...

Brittany: Their food was actually pretty good and it was a really cute bar and grill...all the tables and door handles were made out of trees and branches...very cute! I loved those orange mushrooms too...that is the first ones I have seen that color.

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