Friday Nov. 22.
What are these black spots on the Mendota bridge abutment by the Minnesota river boat launch?
On closer inspection it is a horde of box elder bugs and one lady bug. They were alive, though they moved mighty slow. I went back today, Nov 25, to see how they were doing after those single degree nights we had and there was only a few I could get to move but that may not mean the others are dead. No lady bug this time. There were a lot of new raccoon prints in the mud and some scat also so maybe they are eating the bugs.
Interesting tree a beaver has been gnawing on by the bridge to Pike Island. Drops of sap were falling from the icicles. Didn't taste sweet, just like an icicle should.
And finally the barred owl was back in the woods across from that large gnarly cottonwood tree along the road just south of the fishing pier parking lot.
The swans are back also even though there isn't much if any open water left.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
A couple of weeks ago I walked the Sand Creek trail in Frontenac State Park for the first time. This trail is also on the Mississippi flood plain. You see the same flora and fauna that is in Ft. Snelling State Park but with a few different features. There is a board walk about 2 feet high that would leads you over a swamp and through a low flood if you go the right time of year. The end of the trail is a fabulous sand beach.
While walking the trail one might think they were in Ft. Snelling, Cottonwood trees, nettles etc. But it suddenly came to me what was the one thing that was really different from Ft. Snelling's flood plain along this peaceful path. Silence. No airplanes, no roar of the traffic on the highways or on the Mendota bridge, just Mother Nature’s bird sounds and the rustlings of vegetation.
Give this path a try and enjoy the silence.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Saturday, August 31, 2013
The other bucks I saw this morning still had their velvet. Many of the deer are in the middle of shedding their redder summer coats.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
http://flnps.org/native-plants/oak-apple-galls or you can go to http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/oak_apple_gall_wasp.htm for more information. Doug Schurr
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
|Common Burdock and Friend|
|White Water Lily|
|Obedient Plant AKA False Dragonhead|
|False Sunflower AKA Smooth Oxeye|
| Sunflower ?|
Sunday, August 18, 2013
|Queen Anne's Lace|
|Bee Balm AKA Monarda|