Thursday, March 1, 2018

Aman Park in Ottawa County Michigan February 27 2018

My last post was in the Fall, with pretty pictures and beautiful colors.  There wasn't much color at all at Aman Park two days ago. 

Weather-wise it was a fine day for a walk in the park with my sister.  In about two months time this place will be covered with blooming trillium and Virginia Bluebells, and so many more colorful plants.
 These trails and the hill below will be covered with Hepatica, Trillium, Spring Beauty, Violets, and more in just a few weeks time!
Last week we had two days of heavy rain, combined with snow melt.  Marie and I saw the effects of all that water scouring the low areas of the park.
 This sand was deposited here by the flood water, I wonder if the plants will be able to push through.
 At times it was difficult to find the trail.

I'm not sure what insect made these markings on this log, but I found them quite interesting.

 Blue sky and 55 degrees makes for a great hiking day.  We were out walking at Aman for 3 1/2 hours.  We walked the blue trail to the north, then the creekside trail to the southern bridge.  There were some icy places in the park.
 I'm pretty sure these are Wild Leak sprouting up, and below I'm sure they are Wild Leak bulbs because Marie tested one and she smelled delicious the rest of the afternoon! 

This is a Paw Paw branch with bud.  There are many Paw Paws here along Sand Creek.
 South Bridge

Sand Creek at Aman Park

We drove west in Ottawa County to Riverside Park to see the flooding from the Grand River.  Here is what we saw...


Heading farther west, we stopped in at Connor Bayou, another Ottawa County park.
 Connor Bayou

So that was our adventure this week.  We both enjoyed walking with sunshine and blue sky, and warm temps.  Thanks for stopping by the blog.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Beautiful Michigan in October or Beautiful October in Michigan

 October 26 2017 Pickerel Lake in Kent County with Marie

 Liverwort was growing around the base of the trees and along this dead branch that was on the ground.

 Larch - the soft needles turn golden yellow then drop off the tree.

October 1 2017 Started with an evening walk at Connor Bayou with Mike.

October 2,  Marie and I hiked at Ionia State Recreation Area.

October 4 Betsy and I walked at Rosy Mound Natural Area In Ottawa County.

October 5 Kitchel Dunes in Ottawa County again with Betsy.

Grand Haven from the top of Dewey Hill.

Again from the top of Dewey Hill, with the Grand River and Lake Michigan.

Back to Rosy Mound by myself. 

October 8 Riverside Park in Ottawa County with Mike.

October 9 Grand Ravines an Ottawa County Park, with my favorite sister, Sugar!

 We came to this park to see the newly constructed 275' long, 70' high suspension bridge traversing one of the park’s namesake ravines.

 Looking down to the ravine

October 10 Marie and I went to Yankee Springs State Game Area in Barry County with a quick stop at the fen on the way home.

A field with walnut trees and an old foundation


Then the fen...

October 15 - 18 Mackinac Island with Mike to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary!!
 Pretty colors on the way up, even though it rained most of the way.

 Our old bikes, newly refurbished by our son Ryan.  The bikes are so much more comfortable with raised handlebars.

 We stayed at the Inn on Mackinac.

 We found some trails that were new to us, like this one, Morning Snack Trail.

On our way home we stopped at one of our favorite hiking trails, the Manistee River trail.

October 20 A little walk at Hofma with Betsy

October 30 Farview Nature Park in Allegan County with Marie
 There are many Tulip Trees in this park, the yellow leaves were covering the ground. 
That was October for me.  So many fun and beautiful walks, and the weather was nice too.  Leaves are still in many of the trees, which is late in the year for Michigan.  I'm sure snow is just around the corner.
I hope you enjoyed my walks!