[I was originally planning to make this a "Wordless Wednesday" post, but I have a hard time being wordless, and I really wanted to post this before Wednesday. --So, I'm calling it a "Take-A-Look Tuesday" post! This is my 60th post, by the way!]
On Sunday, the 18th, I biked along the Munger Trail from Duluth to Jay Cooke State Park. It was my longest ride of the season so far (I was on the Trail for 6 hours, not because it takes that long to get from Duluth to Jay Cooke, but because I stop constantly to take photos--like 300 photos! As Ms Durant says, I have a problem...). It was a lovely day, and the spring ephemerals were beginning to bloom. Hepatica was everywhere I looked!
|Hepatica, Munger Trail, May 18, 2014.|
|Bridge over St Louis River|
|View of St Louis River from the bridge.|
The Marsh Marigolds were almost ready to bloom--look at those nice, fat buds! Every drainage ditch I passed seemed full of them.
|Marsh Marigolds ready to pop open.|
As I said, Hepatica was everywhere, in large clusters, mostly the white kind. I've been trying really hard to learn to take better photos of white flowers because soon the Trilliums will be blooming. I used my new iPhone polarizing filter for this shot, and it helped cut some of the glare from the sun.
This photo below shows one of the few Trillium buds I saw. Most of the Trilliums had just recently popped out of the ground. I'm hoping to see a few flowers this coming weekend. You can see how strong the morning sunlight is--I took this photo shortly after 8 am, and even with the polarizing filter, and some editing, the glare is pretty strong.
I really like this shot below. I was perched rather precariously on a steep hillside, trying to shoot some blue Hepatica, but I took a shot of this white one while I was there. I didn't think it would turn out, but it did.
This (below) is what many of the Trillium plants looked like. I like the way the leaves are spiraled up around the bud.
|Trillium, newly sprouted|
For a few weeks now, I've been taking photos of a deer carcass in the woods about 20 feet off the Trail. I saw it while checking on a patch of Hepatica, of course. There's not much left of it. Back when there was still quite a bit of snow in the woods, I had seen a lame doe on the Trail, and I wonder if this is her.
|Deer leg: taken a week ago. It's still there.|
I also wonder what kind of critter killed this deer: Wolf? Coyote?
|Some of the dead doe's fur, glistening with morning dew, taken a week ago.|
What's left of her is beautiful in its own way...
|Her jaw, also taken a week ago.|
You never know what you'll see…you have to keep your eyes open. There's always so much to look at, down low and up high.
|Porcupine, taken a week ago.|
This porcupine came down from the treetop and crossed the path right in front of me: I thought I was filming him, but when I got home, I realized I must not have pressed the start button! All I got were a few stills while he was up in the tree.
|Spider on Mullein leaf from a week ago.|
I have to admit, my eyes are usually focused on the ground...
|Blue Hepatica, also taken a week ago.|
If you don't look now, and in the coming weeks, you'll miss a lot of beauty. I can't wait until next weekend!