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What a blessing!

     Been a bit grumpy about the forecast for the weekend (plenty of rain Saturday). This morning, I checked the weather in all four directions, and also the visible satellite, and decided to head east to Eau Galle in Wisconsin, as that seemed the best chance of hitting some sunlight without driving for two hours.

     And I struck gold! It was beautiful there, and almost perfectly clear for an hour or two. A treat from heaven, all the birds and flowers I got to enjoy. The hilarity of timing as well: while photographing a wild turkey, a pileated woodpecker flew right over me, and while inspecting a sparrow that a swallow seemed mad at, a bald eagle flew right over me! Also saw blue-winged teals, mergansers, herons, mallards, osprey, vultures, noisy Canada geese, beautiful goldfinch...the list goes on.

     Just as much of a treat on the flower side--got regaled by trilliums, two types of trout lilies (never seen the yellow ones before), tons of false rue anemonies, spring beauties, buttercups and marsh marigold, bloodroot and wild ginger, wild blue phlox, and my first butterflies of the season--including a black swallowtail. And I know I left something out! Did about 4 miles of walking and just had a fantastic time!

     Very pleased with some of my shots, so uploaded a few over here. The late spring birds (wrens, catbirds, orioles, thrashers) don't appear to have arrived yet, so my mom needs not feel jealous: I saw no indigo buntings! ;)
Emotional Status:
pleased pleased
Reaching My Ears:
'Hallelujah' by The Canadian Tenors
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On April 23rd, 2012 05:06 am (UTC), brezzydal commented:
What a blessing indeed. You photos are great. I love the one of the
American goldfinch and the trillium. Were there many trilliums?
I sure miss that place. It was so much fiun to go in the spring and bring Abby too.

So glad you got out and got too enjoy such beauty. I was hoping you
would see indigo bunting and maybe get a photo. Well, maybe next time.
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On April 23rd, 2012 11:35 am (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
I couldn't pass up that goldfinch, the way he was posing with those blossoms around him! As for the trilliums, I never made it to the main portion of the park where they grow the thickest, but there were quite a few of them scattered in various places.

Spring in Eau Galle was a few weeks behind where we are at in the Twin Cities, which is why those birds aren't there yet. Maybe I'll go back this weekend, since I have Monday off.