Results of a “Nature Fix”
After a week of long days at work and meetings during the evenings, I had time off today. I used the opportunity to indulge myself in a “nature fix” before the rain began. The outing was much appreciated and while no images of special merit were captured, I did see plenty of things I enjoyed.
Before I arrived at the river I spotted a road-kill animal. About the same time I noticed many turkey vultures floating on the winds and working their way toward the dead animal. I waited and waited and eventually the birds arrived. None touched down for a meal, but a few did allow for some photos to be made.
Turkey Vultures in Flight:
After shooting pictures of the turkey vultures I then went to the cabin. During my equipment-moving process, when I didn’t have my camera in my hands, I saw and heard bald eagles screaming back and forth. By the time I found the pair with my Nikon in my hands, both birds were in flight and headed northwest.
Bald Eagle in Flight:
On the river the only bird I photographed was a green heron. This bird was not cooperative, so the picture is less than I would like.
As I moved around on the river I saw details that tell me we are between seasons. I saw many painted turtles sunning themselves. It won’t be long before they disappear again for many months.
Painted Turtles on Log:
About the same time I noticed there were many leaves floating down the river. It seems too early, but I guess autumn is here.
Oak Leaf on Wapsipinicon River:
During the drive home I stopped at the Possum Avenue prairie to record the bright prairie plants against the ominous rain clouds in the western sky. As I roamed the prairie I found a single rattlesnake master plant! Rattlesnake master is not common around Bremer County.
Possum Prairie and Rain Clouds: