Just got back home after spending a few days in the beauty of the American West and more specifically, on the edge of Medicine Bow National Forest in Saratoga, Wyoming.
On Easter Sunday, we drove up the Snowy Range Scenic Byway as far as we could without a snow mobile before turning back. On the way back, we made a stop at The Farm at Brush Creek to enjoy the beautiful landscapes. This was the highlight of our wonderful adventure. Can’t wait to go back again and again.
Three views on three different trails. First, a glimpse through the trees along the Upland Trail at Pinhook Bog . The Upland Trail is a lollipop shaped trail, about 2 miles long. There is a slight gradient that goes up and over a sand dune but it is not too difficult. One caution – after a good rain, this trail can be very slippery and you will most likely have to walk through puddles.
The peek below was captured last week on the trail at the Douglas Center. Both paths (above and below) are part of the Indiana Dunes National Park trail system.
Last is a boardwalk on trail #2 at the Indiana Dunes State Park. This boardwalk is an ideal spot for birders and photographers. The boardwalk goes over wetlands. Walk slowly and softly and you’ll be sure to see a variety of small and large birds. There are benches along the boardwalk for relaxing a bit. This is a flat 2.5 mile looped trail.
One of many bridges across the winding Ohio River, this is the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge. Open since 1929, this truss bridge stretches across from Louisville, Kentucky to Jeffersonville, Indiana and is also known as the Second Street Bridge.
Butterflies Are Blooming – A colorful exhibition at the Frederik Meijer Gardens continues through April 30th. These images are of a postman butterfly, just one of many different tropical butterflies fluttering about the conservatory. Below is the color version of an earlier post in black & white – A Mail Route Without Mail. Click here to see the b&w image.
The postman butterfly – how did it get its name? According to Reiman Gardens, a postman butterfly follows the same course through a garden from day to day and also from flower to flower, similar to a postman or mailman following a daily itinerary.
After waking up to a bit of snow on the lawn and a light layer of ice on the streets, I found myself thinking back to warmth, sunshine, and whale watching in Maui .
There She Blows!
All these whales were photographed on January of 2022, on our first ever whale watching tour with the Pacific Whale Foundation. The experience was unforgettable and so worth the time. Not only did we learn a whole lot, but seeing the grace and beauty of huge whales jumping out of the ocean up close was monumental.