Saturday, March 30, 2013
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Boy it has sure been hot around here. Temp went to 108 degrees F. today. This was a record for this area. No rain in sight and the farmers and ranchers are hurting big time. Have not done much at Bona Dea lately as I cracked my right heel trying to kill myself by falling off my back porch. Now I have 2 bad wheels. Fell a couple of years ago at Bona Dea and have nerve damage in the other foot. But back on 06-13-12 I had the opportunity to go to a very remote area in the Upper Big Piney Wilderness Area in the Ozark Mountains. Mr. Paul Ray went along and took his camera and some photos. I have them posted on facebook here. They contain shots of a homestead over 100 years old. Old original furniture, insects, birds, trees, flowers and Piney Creek. The photos here shows just a sample and their descriptions can be found at the before mentioned link above. I have a photo of my great great maternal grandfather's home close to the same area that looks like this one. Also the last photos on the album are of Freeman Springs which is on hwy 7 North of Dover, AR, USA. My grandmother used to work there years ago when people came up there to take the mineral baths and stay at the hotel or ajoining cabins. The flower shown here and several in the album shows Moore's Larkspur which is only found in this area and no where else in the world. Once again, I hope you will visit this site and see something you won't see very often.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Bona Dea has been pretty busy these days with more and more people coming to the Park. I have been going late in day to avoid the traffic on the trails. There seems to be more and more Baltimore Orioles at the park this year than ever before. There is a very pretty male on Old Shorty Trail by the main parking area with his mate. Haven't either had a camera or haven't had a good shot of him. He like all others like to stay hid way up in the tree canopies. Haven't seen the Gator this year but haven't tried too hard. I heard it was seen earlier this year. In the past few weeks a friend of mine, Paul Ray, and myself have been going to other places to take some photos. He has a new Canon Full Frame camera and assorted lens and we have traveled around a bit. Last week we went to Mt. Magazine State Park, Arkansas USA and he took some photos.and I have been screening and editing them. I have a link highlighted in this sentence that will take you to the album. Take note of the very pretty Scarlet Tanager bird. He was high in the trees but turned out really well. I have attached the photo of it here. Also some good butterfly pics and many other birds as well. Old Big Foot was found up there and Paul was able to catch him running up the hill as he was mad his photo was taken. Click here for the album photos. A few weeks earlier we went to Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, USA. That was an interesting trip also. Enclosed here is a Common Goldeneye female Duck and a Whitetail deer that was trying to hide from us. Mr. Ray had taken several some photos on other trips there and can be seen here. Last and probably least are blooms shown here of a Orange Jewellweed wildflower on Old Shorty Trail at Bona Dea. I just couldn't leave ole Bona Dea out of this post.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Today was a nice day to be out and about. I have seen this tree in the park off of Old Shorty Trail for a long time but never knew what it was until this year's bloom. I really think the tulip like blooms are beautiful and I have never looked at them up close before. These blooms were off the groud quite a ways and I had to throw a rope up and over a limb and pull it down in order to bread off a short twig with leaves and flowers. This is a Yellow-poplar-or Tuliptree-Magnoliaceae Liriodendron tulipifera L. This tree is not native of this area however. In this section of the park which is the parking area and picnic area, the acreage was planted with different wildflowers and trees by the government when the park was developed. These are photos of its bark,look at the woodpecker holes and leaf closup and profile of the whole tree and then 2 photos showing a darker and a lighter exposure of the bloom. Which exposure do you think is best?? Leave answer in comment section. Thanks!! Also at the local Western Sizzlin Restaurant there is this really nice Red Mulberry Tree-Morus rubra. You can eat these berries and they are sorta like wild blackberries. Photos showing the whole tree and limbs and leaves and the berries beside a nickel.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
It has been so long since I have posted, I have about forgotten how to do this. Been lazy for a long time. It is starting to get very warm here. We had a very mild winter and now summer is coming early. The insect pests of all kinds are out in force. I did hear of someone seeing the resident Alligator, but I have not tried to see it but only once. No Luck!! Up until just the last few days they have not mowed the park. Which is good for me because I can see some wildflowers. This happened a couple of years ago when I took many photos of plants at the park. But I noticed one that I had never seen before. And they were at the Old Shorty Trail right next to the main parking area. After I dusted off the cobwebs and tried to relearn how to operate the camera, I took some photos and good thing because the very next day, guess what?? Yep!!They mowed them down. They were Foxglove Beardtongue-Penstemon digitalis. These photos shows the bloom closeup and a closeup of the leaves showing the small sawtooth edges and one of the entire plant. I kept putting my big foot in the photo and had to crop some. I seem to do that all the time. And I have small feet. The main change to the park in the year are the number of people coming there. Most are there for the exercise. Unfortunately not for the nature aspect. I pods and cell phones dominate their activities. Wonder why they have to use those out there. What is home for??? Until sometime next time--ADIOS!!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Bona Dea is still in operation. I have been absent for awhile. I went there in the late afternoon today, Friday. I went to the spillway. After just going down swinging bridge trail for a few feet I saw a raccoon cross in front of me going from one pool to another one. I slowly crept up on it until it saw me and ran down the bank. Then as I was starting to walk again, 2 small babies walked across the trail and right in front of me stopped and stared and raised their backs like cats ready to fight. I had no camera so I missed a great photo opportunity. The link above shows close to what they looked like. After going to the spillway I fed the fish and also a small Musk Turtle. I have not mentioned one in a long time. The photo here shows one at the same location some time back. A few days ago I went to the Disc Golf Course near by and while standing on the iron cross over bridge, I looked down into the water and saw and really huge Midland Watersnake,Nerodia sipedon pleuralis. No camera again but this is a link to them. They really look mean and poisonous but aren't. I noticed out there that there are many young Eastern Kingbirds flying around and chasing each other like crazy. I saw this several days earlier out there too. In the early spring, there were several pair in the area so I supposed most of the eggs hatched by the looks of things. An oddity I discovered when I got home was while going to the mail box by the road, I noticed what looked like an apple growing in the Japonica or Quince Flowering bush. I examined it closely to see if it was attached to a foreign plant embedded in the bush. But no, it was attached to a stem of the bush. I researched it and found it was the fruit or seed pod for this bush called Chaenomeles. I have seen and been up close to these bushes all my life and never have noticed these things. Here is a photo of 2 of them together. And also a photo of what the mature flowering bush looks like in the Spring. You can actually eat these. They are very hard which I found out when handling it. But you can boil it down and make jelly out of them. Learn something every day huh? Back to the subject at hand, some time ago at the Disc Golf Course, I viewed these beans or seed pods to a Trumpet Creeper wildflower vine. These were huge. You can see them attached to the vine with the orange flower blooms. Also present behind these were some smaller seed pods of a Hazel Alder small tree or bush. They were planted there by the waters edge when the authorities built the park. I zoomed and cropped the photos to see the small seed pods that were in the background. It actually rained close to 9 inches in 9 straight days at my home in the last month. It has rained some since then. But it has really been a hot and dry summer up until August. The night now are in the high 60's to low 70's F. Nice sleeping weather.