This blog is about my garden and the outdoors. I am new to photography but I am trying to show some of the pretty things that grow here in Michigan. I love the wild things who visit me and I dont mind if they eat a bit here and there. I like it more if they let me take their picture. As time goes on I think I will try to show you around the beautiful area that I live in as well as my garden. I try to use my own pictures as much as possible but will also use pictures from the web. If I inadvertently use your photo or work without permission please email me and I will remove it or give credit if you prefer. I will give credit when I know who the owner is. I would ask that anyone using my pictures do the same.
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

A quick walk..................

After our longer than expected walk yesterday we decided we really wanted a walk but we wanted a short one. We had gone shopping at Kohl's and Michael's. This is a trail we walk often. Come to find out they are going to extend it.
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This trail is upon land once roamed by the Oleson buffalo herd. The land was sold and The Great Wolf Lodge was built upon it. Between that and Kohls is a small tract of land where Kid's Creek runs through. Rather than disrupt all that the land is set aside and now the nature trails are there. Behind all that is more open land so it will be cool to see where the new trails will be.
Anyway, this day we went around the ones available
So Tristen was off and running. We stopped to look at the streams where little bridges cross them.
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Looking back up the hill, its again hard to realize that we are right in town here.
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So the path we took to the left circles and we then come to a pond. Its a little fishing pond where people can take their kids.On the other sideis a disused irrigation thing, we were not sure it it served the farm or ran on somewhere else. It looked like it was a small dam of some kind. It looked like sluice gates.
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On the roof of an old abandoned hut was a turkey vulture. I think he and his friends were hoping to get a pair of ducks who had a few babies. The babies were being bad and not staying with their parents. The vultures left when we arrived. Then they went through a channel into a swampy area through a pipe. Well a couple of the naughty babies got left behind and were setting up a bit of a racket. The daddy duck flew back into the pond to get them rounded up.You can see he is listening to their wails of displeasure
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We went through yet another cedar thicket (they are all over in Michigan)
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Trees are beautiful things
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In the branches were Yellow finches singing sweet songs.
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The brilliant blue and yellow and lime
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As we came out of the wooded area we saw a very large fish in the creek.
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Beautiful trees. This one is so soft, it looks like a pine with pine cones but it's different. I think it's a Tamarack (Larch)
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On the clear spring water there is watercress growing
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If you know what to look for there is plenty to eat out there in the wild. After all man has not always grown gardens. Know your surroundings. You never know when that information may come in handy. This day we found frogs. Lots of them
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Just a few more things.
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Craftymoose Crafts said...

It is so nice that all of this natural beauty is being preserved for everyone to enjoy! Thanks for sharing your walk and beautiful photos!

Magic Love Crow said...

Gorgeous! So gorgeous! I would love to walk here! Big Hugs ;o)

A Brit in Tennessee said...

You live in a beautiful area of the country, and finally it seems Spring has sprung, even in the northern states.
We have lots of Cedar trees also, they are bad to harbor ticks.
Love the pictures of your frogs, they look like Igor !
I think that's a catfish ? He's huge.
Thank you for sharing your walk with us, I feel as if I were there.

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Hi Janice, it's nice that your county keeps such a beautiful trail and make it available to the public. I love your description of the interaction between the daddy duck and the babies. It never ceases to amaze me that animals are so protective of their babies.