First of the Year

I have a bunch of things I “should” be doing, but instead I headed to The Ledges State Park with my camera.  I wanted to see some butterflies, some wildflowers, and get some fresh air.

The first wildflower I saw was a little surprising–a spring beauty.  It was definitely early for the species and this bloom was the only one I saw.

Snow trillium and hepatica were also blooming.

I really love hepatica.

I saw some microleps and some small sawflies flying.  If I had more time I might have gotten some photos of them.

I walked along a path as it was starting to spit a little bit of rain.  There were some very dark clouds nearly overhead, so I started to head back up the hill.  I saw a small garter snake in the path that I had been on earlier, and tried to get some photos without spooking it.

There were two attractive young women walking up the path, nearly to where I was.  I walked in front of them, slowly so as not to frighten the snake.  They walked on by, but I got the feeling I might have violated their personal space.  Neither one saw the snake, as nearly as I could tell.  I did snap a couple of pictures of this colorful animal just as the rain picked up.

I made it back to the car without getting too wet, but the rain poured down on my drive home.


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
This entry was posted in insects, invertebrates, snakes, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s