Kip’s Comments 5-22-20

Prairie Smoke (Grandfather's Whiskers) - Image 635340 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Split-seconds From Babcock Woods

About this time each year, at least before the pandemic hit, I would guide students from the Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School around Babcock Woods to enjoy the natural world in springtime while also attempting to document some of it via photography. With schools being closed this year, our hikes did not happen. I feel bad for the kids who missed the outing.       

Instead of me also missing the hike at Babcock Woods, I enjoyed a solo hike with my camera early today – during the mist. To say that Babcock Woods was pretty would be an understatement. Everywhere I looked there was something interesting to see – from wildflowers to whitetail deer. Babcock Woods is looking stunning right now.     

I encourage Waverly residents to take a walk down the trails (coming in from the North side). In fact, all residents in the area might enjoy a walk in Babcock Woods. Do it soon before the peak of the wildflower blooms passes.         

Mayapple Blossom:   

Mayapple Blossom - Image 635259 (© Kip Ladage)

Mayapple Blossom – Image 635259 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Virginia Waterleaf:     

Virginia Waterleaf - Image 635277 (© Kip Ladage)

Virginia Waterleaf – Image 635277 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Whitetail Deer at Babcock Woods: 

Whitetail Deer in Timber - Image 635282 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer in Timber – Image 635282 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Indigo Bunting: 

Male Indigo Bunting - Image 635154 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Indigo Bunting – Image 635154 (© Kip Ladage)

     

Another plant decorating the landscape (but past its peak) is prairie smoke (or grandfather’s whiskers). Even though the blossoms are done being showy, I still think they make a nice photo in a close view or a wide view. Please do not ask the location. I cannot share it.   

Prairie Smoke (Grandfather’s Whiskers): 

Prairie Smoke (Grandfather's Whiskers) - Image 635340 (© Kip Ladage)

Prairie Smoke (Grandfather’s Whiskers) – Image 635340 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Prairie Smoke (Grandfather's Whiskers) - Image 635425 (© Kip Ladage)

Prairie Smoke (Grandfather’s Whiskers) – Image 635425 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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