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A Walk in the Woods

Date/Time Permalink: 09/02/09 08:42:29 am
Category: Iowa

Nothing enhances your morning coffee like a hike through the dewy wild woods of Iowa! A few shots:

some yellow flowers

I have no idea what these are. I'm guessing some variety of buttercup or wild rose? There aren't many of them around.

big yellow daisies

These, on the other hand, are growing everywhere. Some species of Asteraceae, I gather.

lotsa daisies

I mean they grow everywhere! They weren't around a month ago, now they've exploded.

foggy clearing

Early morning fog on a clearing. I can't see, but I think we've shaken the Nazgul off our tail for now.

I've found the area around the new igloo to be an endless source of entertainment - so I've started a new category, "Iowa", for the occasional photobloging adventure. Squirrels and chipmunks were all we had to work with at our last digs, but wildlife is crazy abundant around here. We've had run-ins with deer, raccoon, hawks, possums, one snake, and frogs.

Lots and lots of frogs. For a while there, lots of baby ones were getting in under the garage door and we've all become experts at frog-catching, turning them loose in the woods across the street. Amphibians are blessed with very little brain, so they aren't hard to catch. Throw a towel over them (so they don't hop away) and scoop them up into a baggie. And you have to shake them out of the bag afterwards; their brains just aren't capable of such sophisticated thoughts as "The bag's set down open; now's my chance to escape!" No, instead, they sit there in an open baggie with a look on their face that says, "I wonder what's going to happen next!"

So, I'll be trying to document the critter incidents as they come.

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