Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The good thing about these hills is that it's kind of hard to plant corn or other things on them. So we have lots of wild areas. Corn is good, but we don't need to cover everything with it. Maybe I'll show it to you in a future post if you'd like though.
I'm hoping that while being out here as often as I am that I'll begin to see more animals. So far it's beginning to work. They really do come out if they detect that you're at ease with your surroundings and they believe you mean them no harm. I'll show some of that next time. I'll talk to you later.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Usually when a bird notices me like this one did the bird immediately flies away. Luckily this one didn't seem to want to leave its pole any time soon. It just defiantly stood there looking at me. And I was able to get plenty of pictures. I'll share the best ones with you here.
I posted this top picture to Twitter the day I saw the bird, with quite a bit of success there. Sometimes I share my pictures on both places, here and there, and sometimes they're exclusive to one. Twitter can be good for quick updates when I'm doing a lot of fun things.
The Bing pictures search I did was very helpful this time. They are becoming more like a field guide as time goes on. They give you extra options to see more details on your bird, such as range and habitat. Google has done some similar things as well.
I have lots more pictures from that day of many different things. I was in grand adventure mode that day. I'm going to repeat it in different places in a day or two. Doing this every other day or so is going to give me some small adventures and some big ones. I'll try to share some of each if I can. I'll talk to you later.
Friday, June 24, 2016
This top picture shows a very small, but very noisy little creek that runs right through the nature trail. You've already seen the bridge that crosses this creek. The creek provides a nice relaxing background noise for the walk along the trail.
The only thing that could be more unexpected here is a close encounter with some possibly dangerous wild animals. I have done that before. One of the most frightening experiences I've had, and I've never run faster.
One of these times I'm going to have to get a good close up look at some of the forest vegetation. The one thing I never do is get that close to things like that. I think I'm too impatient. I'm always too busy moving on to the next thing to get such a close look at things. One of these times I'll take the time to do it. I'll talk to you later.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
I usually get to the middle of a bridge and then I look over the side. I look out across the forest from there and then I look down at what the bridge is crossing over. We'll save those things for another post. For now it's the bridge. It's such a wonderful bridge.
And I got to cross the bridge twice. I usually do, but not always. Maybe this post helped you appreciate bridges a little more, and maybe it made you begin to hate them a little bit. I like them more every time I find a new one. I'll say it one last time. Bridges are cool. I love bridges.
I'll talk to you later.
Monday, June 20, 2016
The steps in this first picture don't tell the story about what you'd find once you descended them. The trees cover the twisty trail that lies at the bottom. A trail that takes you away from civilization as soon as you reach the bottom of the steps.
I love walking a nature trail for the first time. It's such a mystery where it might take me and what I might see on my little adventure. I love the anticipation when I first enter. And then I love exploring every inch after I learn where I'm going.
Maybe I'll even get some of the little forest animals to come out when I feel more at ease here. With the right attitude you can get wild animals to walk right up to you. I won't explain that attitude here, but you get the idea. Let's just leave this story right here for now. I'll talk to you later.
Friday, June 17, 2016
These hills may not be exactly what you are thinking. When I think of hills most of the time I think of something big but not too big. Then there are mountains, which I think of as huge. These hills I am on are the size of mountains, but they are made from the stuff of hills.
I can't zoom in close to far away objects with this phone, but I didn't expect that to be a problem anyway. I knew exactly what I was going for before I got here. One thing I didn't really expect though was for the tree to have grown so tall. they're blocking the view a little bit this year.
I know I've shown you all this before in years past, but I like this place. I plan on exploring the deep interior of this huge park next. I can't walk far yet, but I'm going to keep pushing myself until I can get deep inside the forest where others never go. That's when the real adventure begins. That's my kind of adventure. And it's coming sooner than you think. I'll talk to you later.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
I guess these pictures I'm sharing with you could have been better, but I was really concentrating on driving as well as looking around. I got a few more, but they didn't really come out well through the windshield because of the reflections.
More pictures would have been great, but there are lots of twists and turns on these roads, and there were more cars than I normally like this evening. For that reason I couldn't really stop long enough to get lots of pictures this time. That's okay because driving the roads is what the park is for.
My next post will feature some of the more interesting things I did at the park. I could have shown that here but I like to focus on one subject at a time, and it would have made this post kind of huge. I like to keep them a little bit smaller. So I guess this one is to be continued. I'll talk to you later.
Monday, June 13, 2016
He's kind of an ugly bugger if you see him up close. He is to me anyway. In a way though he is beautiful. He has a bald red head that looks similar to Mr. Burns from The Simpsons. You can kind of see that in these pictures. He keeps his neck tucked in while he's flying though.
These birds eat dead animals. You can often see them circling over a dead animal. I had one circle over me one time though. I have no idea why. I won't say I wasn't a little worried. I got some good pictures of the bird though.
I wish I could have gotten a few better ones, but I was sitting in my truck at the time. When he got closer he was blocked by the frame of the truck. I would have gotten out, but there just wasn't enough time. just like that he was gone again.
Maybe a few kind gestures from some of us can help some of them. Maybe not. I've been going around trying to reconnect with some long lost friends in the blogging world, leaving a few comments for them. I can only try. Maybe even something as small as this might rekindle that spark for them. And besides, I miss many of them. Think about this the next time you're leaving a few comments. An extra one or two somewhere you know might be good.
So now I come to the end of this post. I don't usually talk about some of this stuff. Maybe I shouldn't have mentioned it. But I write what pops into my head at the time. Some of this stuff has been circling around there for awhile in the same way turkey vultures do. Some bloggers feel like that dead meat on the ground below these birds. Maybe some of them can be revived with a kind gesture here and there. I'll talk to you later.
Friday, June 10, 2016
No, that's not another tree. Of course I know that you can't see it well from here. So what's even the point of this first picture? I included it to give you some perspective of how far that thing is, and to give you a look at the surroundings. I also thought the picture looked a little nicer than the others. And it gives me a little more time to run my mouth.
Well, I noticed several turkey vultures flying back there beyond the structure. maybe it was something that was built especially for them. Maybe it was made for the turkey vultures to land on. I have no other idea what it could be for. I could be completely wrong.
If it's interesting to you then you might want to come back after there are a few comments. Maybe somebody will solve this little mystery for us. Maybe not. That's part of the mystery. We'll never know if we'll find the solution or not. Maybe it'll be fun guessing though. I'll talk to you later.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
I took the pictures wondering just how I was going to show you that this river is up a little higher than might be good. I could see it right away because I've been here many times before. It was clearly apparent to me that the river is much higher than normal.
Of course my dog wanted to go right down to the river's edge to investigate, but that would have been too dangerous. We can get pretty close but there is a steep slope when you get right up close, and the river flows pretty fast. I would have shown you a picture of the dog, but the one I took wasn't very flattering. I've shared her with you in the past so you can check my archives if you want to see her. She looks properly impressive there.
One major thing I've noticed as I sit here looking at these contrasting pictures is how the trees differ. In my new pictures everything is so green and beautiful. The old picture looks like spring is maybe just beginning. I didn't expect that. I've been thinking how late spring arrived this year. This changes my feelings a lot.
This park is never too crowded, except at the river. I guess I could have walked a few of the trails. But I'm just more comfortable while I'm alone. It will also give me another adventure to share when I visit again. The animals don't like lots of people either, so I didn't see any. Maybe next time I'll see a deer or two while on the trails.
Even with the other people, two groups seemed to be having parties, I did what I came here to do. I wanted to check the level of the river here. I guessed it would be high, and I was right. So I'm satisfied, and that's all that matters. I'll talk to you later.
Monday, June 6, 2016
I had one major problem with this while I was out though. I switched the app I use for geocaching and I found that one problem. Where I was looking for these caches there was no internet reception so all of those little orange circles disappeared.
I didn't know that in situations like this I needed to save my potential targets in the phone first. So instead of finding anything I decided to take a few pictures instead. Part of the fun with geocaching is that most of it is done in nature areas. You can even sometimes find hidden nature parks by using a geocaching app.
I'm going to disappoint you a little and tell you that there is no bird, but that's not the larger point for me. The real reason I took the pictures is just because I wanted to. I missed seeing these boxes. The potential for the bird is always there, and the more boxes I see the more chance I'll see a bird. That's fun for any real nature geek.
So let's see what my next adventure will be. Will it be something as mundane as this bird box or will I see something remarkably unimaginable? Both have happened often in the past when I've gone out for my Everyday Adventures. It's always a fun surprise when we all find out. I'll talk to you later.
Friday, June 3, 2016
I believe this bird is an Eastern Phoebe, but I could of course be wrong. Since I haven't been seeing many birds in the past few years I'm out of practice identifying them, so I'm also not as confident in my identification. But I think I still can do okay.
I thought the bird was maybe a robin when I was taking the pictures, but I kept seeing this flash of what looked like a dull yellowy color. You can see in this picture it almost looks yellow. I did confirm that the bird was still there when it finally flew away.
It took me a few seconds but I finally found the branch in the camera's view screen. I blindly took the shot and figured at the time that I probably got nothing. I even doubted that the bird was still there. But when I got home I saw the bird sitting right there on the very branch I assumed it had landed on. You can see it there in the top left.
I'm starting to have fun now. Posting a little more often and seeing more nature is the best thing for me. Hopefully I can keep it up. We'll see what happens. And who knows what I might come up with next. Big things seem to happen sometimes when I get going. I'll talk to you later.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
This park is always open, which is the main reason I went here. It's so much easier to go to a park when I have enough time to explore it properly. I love that other one, but it closes in the middle of the afternoon.
If not for the big hills this would be my favorite park by far. It is the most isolated park I have ever been to. There is almost always no one else here. I like that. And it is so big that many people have gotten lost and had to have the authorities come and search for them. I actually consider that to be kind of a plus in a strange way.
I can tell you about one major thing I like about being here as opposed to my nature parks back in Michigan. The sound. When I was at my old nature parks I constantly heard the background noise of human vehicle traffic. It kind of ruined the overall experience. Here there is only nature.
Part of the reason my visit here was short though was the bugs. As soon as I got on the trail the bugs swarmed me badly. You can hear them in the video. It was so bad that I couldn't really stop and enjoy the experience of being there. Every time I stopped to take a picture those bugs would land all over me.
If I'm going to visit the nature parks so often I'm going to have much more to share. I don't want all of my new stuff to fall by the wayside. So I'll be here every few days or so even if my readers can't keep up. That'll be kind of fun, having more here than you can read. It's been awhile.
With only posting every few weeks I sometimes forget why I started this blog. It was to motivate myself to go hiking. The hiking then made the blog fun. There was a new adventure every day. That was fun. And that's what it's all about. Talk to you later.