It looks like a cross between a leaf and a locust, but this is in fact a katydid. I came across this large specimen at the Odon Park last month. These camouflaged creatures are common throughout Indiana in the summer and autumn months - much like the cicadas that are also abundant in this area. I love how the camouflage includes the individual veins that you would find on a leaf!
View from above.
Enjoying a little snack. :)
Side view. The leafy detail on the body is clearly visible.
Candace, Riaan and I were at the Odon Park when an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter was there last month. They were there, along with other police and fire units, to show school children the different emergency vehicles used locally. It was Riaan's first helicopter and we enjoyed watching it take-off and head on its way. It was the same type of helicopter, a Bell 206, that would often land on our front stoep at Zithulele in 2013 - and no, that's not an exaggeration! :)
Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter parked at the Odon Park.
On our drive home from northern Indiana we saw the sign for Potato Creek State Park, and so we decided to detour through this lovely park. We went to the Nature Centre and Riaan especially enjoyed watching the squirrels and chipmunks eating their seeds and nuts. We also enjoyed driving around Worster Lake.
The entrance sign at Potato Creek State Park.
Pretty wild flowers growing along the road.
View looking across Worster Lake.
Trees beginning to change colour at the onset of autumn.
We left Detroit and headed home on Monday morning, 3rd October. We stopped at the Rise 'n Roll Bakery, near Middlebury, for lunch. This is a famous bakery in northern Indiana that specialises in many traditional Amish delicacies. It is especially well-known for its delicious doughnuts!
Approaching the Rise 'n Roll bakery.
Outside the bakery.
Candace and Riaan enjoying lunch inside the bakery.
Candace, Riaan and I visited the Kensington Metropark on Sunday, 2nd October. Kensington Metropark is one of thirteen parks throughout the Detroit metro area - making a total of over 24,000 acres of green space. It is fantastic having all these green belt areas where people can escape the busyness of the city for a time. We enjoyed looking at the exhibits in the Nature Centre and then had a lovely brief hike through the forests. It was another great outing in Michigan!
The Nature Centre sign.
Sandhill crane at the Nature Centre's parking area.
I am a 32-year-old South African whose journey with Mercy Ships began in 2007 when I joined the M/V "Africa Mercy" in Liberia. I met my wife Candace in Sierra Leone in 2011 and together we served with Mercy Ships until December 2012. We worked with Mercy Vision in South Africa during 2013, and are now settling into a new life together in the USA.
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