Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Crop Dusting Aeroplane...

A crop dusting aeroplane was spraying corn fields in the area recently. I watched it performing its manoeuvres and took a few photos, before I decided to head inside to avoid the chemicals and pesticides.

 Banking left over the field.
 Spraying a field.
Passing close behind some trees.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Belted Kingfishers...

We've had a family of belted kingfishers visiting the pond over the past few weeks. These photos were taken one Saturday when they stayed in the area for the whole day. It was only the second time I've seen a belted kingfisher; the first time was at Summit Lake State Park last year. It was quite exciting to see a whole family of these birds flying around the pond!

 Belted kingfisher in the weeping willow.
 Juvenile and adult.
Enjoying a fish late in the day.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Announcement at Shakamak...

We visited Shakamak State Park with Candace's family one Sunday afternoon. We spent the afternoon at the pool and I was also able to go for a walk in the beautiful surroundings. We also took a few photos to announce that we are expecting our second baby, due in February! We're very excited!

 The Nature Centre at Shakamak State Park.
 Riaan enjoyed watching the fish.
 Swimming at the Aquatics Centre at Shakamak.
 A pretty trail.
 Groundhog.
 Baby barn swallows in a nest near the Aquatics Centre.
 Riaan points to Baby Bear's onesie.
Our birth announcement family photograph. :)

Friday, 11 August 2017

Versailles State Park...

We arrived safely at Versailles State Park after visiting Charlestown State Park earlier in the day. (Saturday, 15th July.) We visited the small nature centre and hiked the Fallen Timber Creek Trail, which follows a small creek up a valley. Riaan particularly enjoyed this trail, since there were lots of little rock pools filled with fish and tadpoles.

We then visited the dam wall and drove across the Busching Covered Bridge nearby, before heading back home. It was a very full day spent exploring some of Indiana's history as well as the beauty of nature!

 The Nature Centre at Versailles State Park.
 Riaan loved the fish!
 Looking at the other displays.
 Butterfly and bird viewing area.
 Lake Versailles.
 Riaan and I hiking on the trail.
 It used to be an old road for horse and carts.
 Fallen Timber Creek.
 Freshwater crayfish.
 A large tadpole in the creek.
 A lovely rock pool.
 Riaan loved it!
 Fossils on the creek bed.
 Looking down from the dam wall.
 The dam wall at Lake Versailles.
 Riaan enjoying the view at the top.
 The Park Office.
 Civilian Conservation Corp statue outside the Park Office.
Busching Covered Bridge.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Charlestown State Park...

We managed to visit two State Parks on Saturday, 15th July: Charlestown State Park and Versailles State Park. We visited Charlestown State Park first, located north-east of Louisville on the Indiana side of the Ohio River. This was the site of a munitions factory, the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, during the Second World War, and it is also where the ruins of the old amusement park on Rose Island is located.

Candace, Riaan and I had a lovely picnic lunch and then hiked down to Rose Island, (not actually an island but rather a peninsula formed by Fourteen Mile Creek and the Ohio River) where we enjoyed walking along the trail through what remains of the amusement park site. It was destroyed during the Ohio River flood of 1937. All that remains are a few foundations and structures, quickly being overgrown as nature reclaims the area. We had a great hike through the area and then visited the Park Office and Camp Store before heading on to Versailles State Park.

 Enjoying a picnic lunch.
 My lunch. Yum!
 Starting off on our hike to Rose Island.
 Pretty white flowers.
 A butterfly enjoying the lovely weather.
 Another beautiful flower.
 Grasshopper.
 Giant katydid.
 The historic Portersville Bridge, built in 1912 by the Vincennes Bridge Company, used to connect Daviess County with Dubois County until it was moved here in 2011.
 The pea-green water of Fourteen Mile Creek.
 Candace with one of the information boards. Note the 1937 Flood marker on the pole.
 Information display at Rose Island.
 The suspension bridge used to connect the "island" with the mainland here.
 Site of a cottage.
 Riaan and I balancing on a tree.
 The original entry pillars are still visible today.
 An old retaining wall.
 The Walkway of Roses.
 Candace and Riaan enjoying the walk.
 The original pool on Rose Island - which has now been filled with concrete to prevent accidents.
The Park Office at Charlestown State Park.