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15
Sep
08

Rainbow after record rainfall – Sept 15 2008

This Monday morning after a record rainfall for SW Michigan of almost 11inches in a 48 hour period it’s appropriate to have this rainbow.

The sky is so intense and beautiful this morning.  I’m glad I got up early.

Sky after record rainfall - Sept 15 2008

Sky after record rainfall - Sept 15 2008

Sky after record rainfall - Sept 15 2008

Sky after record rainfall - Sept 15 2008

Birds in Flock - Sept 15 2008

12
Sep
08

Baby Eastern Box Turtle – September 12, 2008

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While I’m doing some team building activities with a group of 5th graders from Prairie View Elementary from Goshen Indiana, one student finds this baby eastern box turtle. These creatures can live to be over a 100 years old. I’ve never seen one this small.

11
Sep
08

Fishing on Lake Shavehead – September 11, 2008

As I’m getting ready for a group of school children to arrive at camp, I get to see the lake in this morning mist. This is one of my favorite sites at camp.

10
Sep
08

Burying Beetle Eating a Mouse – September 10, 2008

As I’m walking home I spot the carcass of a mouse. It is moving slightly. I take a closer look and I spy two beetles(hairy burying beetles I presume) digging underneath the mouse. I realize that this is the same insect that I had observed on July 17, 2008. Golden Nature Guide (p112)states that there have been reports that some of the larger of these beetles …”dig under the carcass o f a small animal till it falls into the hole and is actually buried to serve as food for the larvae…” Very interesting.

Carrion Beetle - September 10 2008

05
Sep
08

Spider Eating a Walkingstick – Sept 5, 2008

As I’m heading home from work I notice this spider eating a walkingstick just outside the nature center. This seems like quite a good size meal for this spider.

Spider Eating a Walking Stick

02
Sep
08

Jewelweed by Fen – Sept 2 2008

Jewelweed is a great plant because it is beautiful to look at, it’s exploding seeds can entertain the kids(and who am I kidding adults too), and its stems can be crushed and the juice applied to skin for anti-itch medicine. Pretty cool!

 

Here are two fully ripe jewelweed seedpods.  If you look the the top of the pod on the right you’ll see two small aphids.  I imagine they went flying we I exploded the seedpods.  I didn’t know they were there unil I looked at this photo.

Jewelweed

 

And here are the seedpods after they have been touched.

Jewelweed Seeds

30
Aug
08

Bumblebee on flower – August 30 2008