Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Color me happy

You ever have days that make you actually glad that you exist?

I have found that nature walks with one kid are much easier than with two. Since Lorelei only goes to school two days a week, I get her all to myself the rest of the week. We went to Miami Whitewater Forest today, and even though the bird action was lacking (a few catbirds, vultures, goldfinches) we did see plenty of color:

A very awesome blue
This is so gorgeous, I don't even need to know what it is.
(But if you know, tell me)

Big common mullein
Common Mullein...with a "size complex".
Very low creek
The creek that runs through the park is so low, it defies belief. There's enough water for fish, albeit small ones.


Very awesome purple
Another flower than made me almost fall over. My wildflower ID website isn't working, so I am forced to crawl through the Web looking for names.

Cabbage White, that is.

Even the browns were interesting:
Sky through a sycamore
Look closely at this picture. You can see the sky through that crack in the bark.

Swallow nest
Abandoned swallow nests...
Put me down
Cute little amphibians...
(Please put me down, lady)
Thirsty bee
I only took this "bee"cause of Sharon. It was drinking!

Sleeping pigeon

And a stunning black/green combo:
Spicebush swallowtail
Spicebush swallowtail

The trail we walked today was 1.2 miles. And here is what happens to a 3 1/2 year old when you make them walk 1.2 miles:
When you make a three year old walk a mile

Another version of blue:
A painfully beautiful sky
The sky was painfully blue today. Ever look at a perfect sky and actually clutch your chest?

And just a tiny hint of blue:
Hoop waits for the bus
Hooper went out with me to wait for Isabelle's bus. What a good dog.


Lynne said...

I love it when you take me along on your adventures. I hope someone pipes up with flower id's. I'll hve to check back. Did you see the BEAUTIFUL turkey vulture over at Katdoc's blog!??

kayleen said...

Your blue flower is a Dayflower. Don't know your first purple flower, but I think (emphasis think) the second is a Lobelia.

LauraHinNJ said...

Maybe that *fuzzy* pic is the common mullein too? I think they only bloom every other year.

Trixie said...

That is one sacked out girl. I think I have seen that posture somewhere before....hmmmm....

What kind of pup is Hooper? We have a western Alaska town named Hooper Bay that has a few dogs that sort of look like Hooper.

Swami said...

When I first read Trixie's comment, I thought she was saying that Hooper Alaska was "...a few dogs short...."

I was concerned that perhaps your Hooper was the long-lost Howling Hound of Hooper.

Mary said...

I thought the first flower looks like Spider Wort - but I'm no plant expert, for sure!

I'm hoping to get out soon, too. Our skies are bright blue but what we crave is dark gray... Great day, Susan! Some days really have the "Wow" factor. Hooper is so pretty and I like Lorelei's photo - she's recharging her battery for more action.

Q said...

Dear Susan.
Spicebush Swallowtail!!!
I have seen it in my backyard one time. I just planted ten Spicebushes for host plants. I do think they are ever so elegant.

RuthieJ said...

Lovely pictures, Susan. I'm glad you and Lorelei got to experience the day together!