Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Wildflowers at Riverside Park - Ottawa County, Michigan

 April 18th 2016, Betsy and I visited Riverside Park along the Grand River in Ottawa County. 

Mike and I were here on April 14, and found the water to be quite high.  Now, four days later, the water is down some.
 Photo above is the park road April 14th. 
Photo below is the same park road April 18th.
Again we walked through the park to what I call the "Wildflower Trail", four days ago we didn't make it very far before we were stopped by water over the trail.

This time we crossed here on logs and got to the other side easily. 
Eventually we were stopped again by high water, the actual trail was flooded.
And again there were logs to cross on, but it was just a little too far, and a bit unstable to cross safely.
Well this photo makes it look easy to cross but it was deep water with a lot of debris in it, so we just didn't take the chance.  There were many Spring Beauty blooming!  All of the white and pink along the trail in the photo below is Spring Beauty and some Purple Cress.

We were excited to find Bloodroot blooming!

There were several weedy wildflowers blooming, too. 


On that same day, April 18, we also stopped at Connor Bayou, another Ottawa County park.  I wanted to see if the Hepatica was blooming, and sure enough it was.  I think this is my favorite wildflower.
 Round Lobed Hepatica
That was about it for April 18th, which was a warm and sunny day.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Riverside Park - Ottawa County Michigan

We found high water at Riverside Park in Ottawa County, Michigan.  We didn't make it very far down the "spring wildflower trail" before we had to turn back.  We did see some wildflowers blooming.

This is the roadway to the end of the park, which is gated off when the water is over the road.

Spring Beauty was blooming, although not many flowers were fully open.  It was late in the day and still cool.

Purple Cress was blooming, along with Purple Deadnettle, and even a Dandelion. 

That's it for now.  The weather is really warming up here in Ottawa County so soon there will be many more spring wildflowers blooming.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Trail Camera - Coyote, Fox, Deer in Ottawa County, Michigan

We got a new trail camera last fall.  I've put it up in different areas around the property here in Ottawa County, Michigan.  The best spot seems to be on a little ridge in the woods near a meadow.  The Grand River is nearby and there are plenty of woods too. 
                 Fox with a visitor
              Deer Selfie
      Here are a few more shots, various dates and animals.
             Max, the dog.
    Woodchuck who has a den just behind the tree holding the trail camera.
                  Big doe last fall.

                       Cardinal with a squirrel



    It is always fun and amazing to see what shows up on the camera. That's it until next time.