Monday, 6 March 2017

Storm damage...

It was an eventful week in Daviess County, Indiana, last week. There was a severe weather event on Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. (28th February - 1st March.) There were confirmed tornadoes on the ground just 15 minutes south of us. We stayed overnight at Candace's parents when it was clear that it was going to be a rocky night. We were thankful since this was the scene that greeted us at our home the next morning. Our neighbour's apartment had its roof ripped off. There were pieces of metal, wood and insulation spread out in the fields and trees over a kilometre away! Thankfully no one was hurt, although the same can't be said for some beautiful trees that were badly damaged.

 The debris field.
 Insulation in all of the trees nearby.
 Twisted swings.
 A large pine tree snapped in half and jammed into the ground.
 Another damaged pine tree.
A weeping willow by the pond was also a casualty.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Donate blood and save lives!

I was so proud of Candace for donating blood again last Sunday. (26th February.) I'm sad that I'm still ineligible to donate - I have to be in the USA for three years before I can donate here - but I will always be an advocate for blood donation. Candace's life was saved in December 2015 by multiple blood donors. That could be you. Donate blood and save lives! :)

 Sign outside the blood clinic.
Our friend Brandi donated for her first time that day, too!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Common Grackle...

I spotted a pair of common grackles outside our front door a week or so ago. They often swarm in large flocks and are considered a pest at times. However, they do have beautiful plumage. From one angle the head looked green and from another angle it looked blue!

 Foraging in the grass for food.
A pair of common grackles.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Family Cycles...

The beautiful, unseasonably warm, weather that our part of Indiana has experienced lately has allowed us to venture out for a number of cycle rides recently. And now our little man can join us too! :)

 Sitting in his seat behind me.
Family selfie on one of our rides. :)

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Snow Geese...

There have been a lot of snow geese in the area lately, as they spend their winters in the warmer areas of North America before flying north to the Arctic to breed in the spring and summer. A large flock landed in a nearby field last Saturday (18th February) and this afforded me the opportunity to see these creatures quite close. I was able to take some good photos, too. :)

 A closer view of the snow geese in the field.
 They feed on any scraps left in the field.
 They covered part of the field like a layer of snow.
Snow geese swarming in the early morning light.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Contrails in the Skies...

Contrails are pretty common around here, but the other morning the weather seemed particularly conducive to contrails forming behind jet engines thousands of feet up in the air. The sun added to the scene as some of the contrails threw shadows on clouds lower down.

 Contrails just after sunrise.
 Contrail shadows thrown onto the clouds below.
A closer view of a contrail.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Hiking near Abe Martin Lodge...

We hiked two trails that started behind Abe Martin Lodge during our visit. We hiked the shorter Trail 3 on Tuesday 7th February and then the longer Trail 2 the following day, before we left Brown County State Park. We saw many interesting sights on these hikes - including an owl pellet, different woodpeckers, fungi and other growth on the trees, and old buildings. It was lovely to spend some time hiking in Brown County State Park!

 Three trails begin near Abe Martin Lodge.
 We did Trails 2 and 3 while we were there.
 Hiking Trail 3 heading to the Saddle Barn.
 Owl pellet on the forest floor.
 The Saddle Barn.
 The paddock in a pretty valley.
 Crossing the bridge near the Saddle Barn.
 Very knobbly tree.
 It looks like a distorted giraffe!
 Pretty little river running through the woods.
 Hiking Trail 2 through thick forest.
 An old, leaning staircase.
 One of the picnic shelters.
 The North Lookout Tower.
 Red-bellied woodpecker scuttling up a tree.
 Lots of woodpecker activity along this trail.
 Interesting fungi growing on a log.
 They look like butterflies!
 Another cool fungus.
 A bright red leaf on the forest floor.
 Red-tailed hawk above.
 Pileated woodpecker.
A pretty old stone bridge near the Lodge.