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! ;)