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.

 

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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