Friday, July 21, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
There's a creek or two that runs through the park down into the Des Moines River. I had a blast taking pics of the rocks in the water; lots of minnows in the water. Another reason for going down early in the morning is the water isnt' being disturbed by all the general public swimming and playing in the streams.
Found this tree out at Ledges, I'm not sure what kind of tree it is, looks very interesting though. I'm wondering if it's some sort of fruit in those papery husks. There were a lot of these trees out there, growing at the base of the limestone cliffs. They were very spindly, no more than 12-15 feet tall.
I'm hoping that we will have more time to explore the park come September. The place is loaded with deer, can't wait for deer season to open up. I'm hoping to get a few hides to brain tan this year.
I don't know if you can see the deer on the hillside or not. John spotted them while I was photographing tree snails that were laying on the trail.
I've decided that we need to go out early in the morning when the park is relatively quite, and the wildlife is less dormant. The place was packed with people today, the birds were fairly quite.
We went to Ledges State Park today, the hottest day of the summer yet, and I took 229 pictures with my digital camera. This lovely bee balm was along the ditches, I tried to get the bees but they were uncooperative.
I think we are going out to the prairie here in an hour so I can take more pics of the flowers.