NICE MORNING FOR A HIKE IN THE HULLETT MARSH
Our nicest weather days of the year are upon us. The air has a touch of coolness in it while the sun adds it’s warmth. Much like Arizona weather in the winter. Pheebs & I were out the door & down the road before 9. Headed east into the sun with our visors down. It sometimes takes us a few roads & a few turns to finally get a feel for where we’re going. And this morning felt like a walk in the HULLETT MARSH.
WE SURPRISED THIS GREAT EGRET WHEN WE TOPPED A SLIGHT RISE
Swinging north a bit we cut back heading west & entered the Marsh on it’s eastern boundary putting the sun behind us. Knew there might be a chance of seeing some wildlife so it was best to have the morning light behind us. We got ourselves lucky right away by surprising a couple wading Egrets.
THOUGHT THIS WAS AN OLD GNARLED STUMP UNTIL I LATER ENLARGED IT IN MY PICASA PROGRAM…IT’S AN OLD STEEL FRAME OF SOME SORT…PERSONALLY, I THINK IT IS THE OLD HULLETT SWAMP MONSTER HIMSELF……
DON’T KNOW WHAT BIRD THAT IS OR WHAT KIND OF A BIRD HOUSE BUT THERE ARE MANY BIRD HOUSES IN THE MARSH
GREAT EGRETS, CANADA GEESE, & SOME DUCKS IN THIS REFLECTION PHOTO
No soakers this morning as we both tried hard to keep paws & feet out of the water. Well feet anyway. I did see some paws in the water. Always so nice in the Marsh because it is total nature with just natural flora & fauna all around. Rarely see another human being in the area except when it’s hunting season & that is not a good time to be anywhere near the Marsh. Only sounds this morning were that of natures wonders. How fortunate we are to have these wetlands so near.
THE HULLETT MARSH IS APTLY NAMED WITH ALL THE WATER LAYING ABOUT
CAN YOU FIND THE GREAT BLUE HERON IN THIS PHOTO
GETTING SOME PAWS WET & SHADOWLAND
From the Hullett Marsh we wandered our way along criss-crossing many country roads just soaking up all the early Autumn scenery. A couple farmers were taking off some corn already which surprised me. Seems a little early. I’d say the beans are about ready to be harvested & I did see metal farm wagons parked at the edges of bean fields ready to roll. Maybe in the next week or two. Corn is usually harvested in late October.
Kept my post short & published it early Thursday night mainly because I wanted to take some time to answer emails readers have sent me. I always think to myself I will remember to answer folks each time & as it turns out I do not. Over the last couple of weeks I have been going through my 2 email accounts trying to find past emails I had forgotten to respond to. And find a bunch I did. I always feel very bad when I have missed someone & especially if they have emailed me with questions about things. I really need to come up with some kind of fool proof system that keeps those emails in front of me. Like the old saying goes, ‘out of sight out of mind’. Oh Dear, it’s not easy being a human:((
MILKWEED PODS ARE OPENING & SPREADING THEIR SEEDS TO THE WIND >>>
Kelly updated my iPod today with the latest pieces of music I have downloaded from iTunes over the summer. Bet you never heard of any of these groups, ‘TranceGroove’, ‘Intrusion’. ‘Weatherman’‘Groove Catcher’, ‘Milky Globe’, ‘William Aura’, ‘Koop’, ‘Cantoma’, ‘Sorma’, ‘Soul Ballet’, ‘David Darling’, ‘Merge Of Equals’, ‘Lotus’, ‘Jia Peng Fang’, ‘Neo Tropic’, ‘Secret Garden’, ‘Richard Bone’, ‘Naoyuki Onda’, ‘Union Jack’, ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Shao Rong’, ‘Soma Sonic’, ‘Bliss’, ‘Angel Tears’, ‘Kevin Kendle’, ‘Ganga’, ‘Peace Orchestra’, ‘Shastro’ &‘Naoki Kenji’. Nope didn’t think so. It’s a whole different kind of music I listen to now these last bunch of years & most folks are probably not familiar with it. Let’s just say it’s really groovy, really smooth & 95% of it is instrumental electronic. Ambient New Age:))
Sure am missing those big basement bins we had in our 33’ Damon Class A Motorhome. It’s turning out to be a bit of a challenge working with about a third of the space this year as we load the Winnebago for this winter’s travels. No doubt we will have a period of adjustment to contend with on our way west. What goes where & where goes what. But it’s called downsizing & I’m sure we will adjust to it as we travel along. Patience will be the key.
We have splashes of Autumn color here & there & the forests are just beginning to turn in some places. I’d say our countryside will be ablaze with Mother Natures fiery crimsons, deep burgundies, ochre oranges, & golden yellows in another week or two. The magic is in the air & oh how fortunate we are to live here where we do. We get to see nature at it’s artful best in our rural countryside.
A FEW FIERY SPLASHES OF AUTUMN COLOR ARE BEGINNING, SOON THE WHOLE FOREST WILL BE ABLAZE
GROANER’S CORNER:(( And did you know a chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion. And did you also know it's a fact, taller people sleep longer in bed. And remember ladies.....Beauty is only a light switch away.
- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.