I’ve taken lots of photos with my little pocket digital camera. This week I decided to work on getting action shots outside in the Wisconsin snow focusing on some of … Continue reading Photo Journey – this week’s best action shots
Finches came to the feeder in a large flock on this foggy, gray January thaw day.
They stayed for maybe five minutes eating black sunflower seeds.
There were some goldfinches and some purple finches, but they were being less photogenic.
The flock left in a burst of wings. I wonder how they all decide to do that?
The sun was low in the sky when we started this hike. If the leaves hadn’t already been mostly on the ground it would have been too dark in this section of the Chequamegon National Forest. As it was there were still beams of light hitting the forest floor and lighting the moss and ferns.
The Ice Age Trail is a national scenic trail entirely in Wisconsin, this part is in Taylor County. Taylor County has 60 miles of trail, largely in national forest land and county forest land. This segment is accessible off a gravel road called lake 19 (near Lake 19).
It is a quiet hike except for the crunch and swoosh of kicked leaves, the huff of dog’s breath and the distant and continuous calling of some barred owls. This section is lower than most of the others with lots of roots and rocks and roller coaster dips. For this reason hiking boots with ankle stabilization are good.
After 15 minutes or so the owls stopped calling, a really quiet woods for a while and then it became the chickadees turn to close out the day. There were also nuthatches flitting around fairly low, maybe collecting pine cone seeds or maybe something else.
Once the sun sets it does go to dark quickly. Time to get back to the car and drive home.
A short (1.2 miles) very pretty hiking trail (rated moderately difficult) along the top of an esker between the Mondeaux River on the north side and a wildlife filled large pond marshy area on the other.
This partly sunny, partly dark-gray cumulus cloudy 50 degrees fall day was great for a hike, the only difficulty was knowing how warm to dress as the sunny parts were too warm and the cloudy parts rather cool. The only sounds were whispering of the breeze, the crunch of leaves, murmuring of ducks and the occasional goose honk from the watery areas below.
The return part of the hike offered no surprises although the beauty of the day remained.
Mondeaux Flowage itself is being drained down again this year, it is not very pretty right now with mud flats showing. However, looking skyward the sunset had nice tangerine and then pink cloud highlights and the all-you-can-eat fish and coleslaw dinner at the Mondeaux lodge did not disappoint.