|Rain Clouds over the Prairie|
I tried a quick walk out to look for the Yellow Breasted Chat, but realized that I wasn't dressed for the tall grass. I made the mistake of wearing shorts and was just not in the mood to pick up ticks. Ask anyone and they will tell you that I am a tick magnet, and I am trying very hard not to get any more bites. I did not find the Chat from where I looked, but I heard lots of Cardinals and Towhees in the bushes and the Ospreys chattering from the electrical towers. On the way back I found this large and interesting Bagworm cocoon. I actually saw the caterpillar come out for a few seconds. I'd never seen one before.
|Big Bagworm Cocoon, about 2 Inches Long|
|Horses in the Bush|
|Water Coming Through the Culverts Again|
|Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here|
The flowers on the Prairie have been magnificent these last 2 years. Fields of American Lotus and Pickerel Weed stretch across the horizon. Patches of White Water Lilies float on open patches. It's just stunning.
|American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea)|
|Black Vultures and Their Prize|
|Black Necked Stilts in the Mud|
|Wood Storks, White Ibises, Roseate Spoonbill|
The scene from the platform was utter beauty. Deep dark mud flats and soft green grasses, open Prairie and water reflecting endless blue sky. The muffled sound of thunder in the distance. It was just what I needed and I breathed in the peace and wellbeing. Maybe what I have is not so much an addiction as a strong abiding love. This place feeds my soul. I know I will be back.
|Deep Dark Mud|
|Slender Green Grasses|
June Challenge total: 72 (73) and 10 places.