Saturday, 18 August 2018

Amazing Storm Clouds...

Spectacular storm clouds are seen to the south-east on a late July evening. There were severe thunderstorm cells in this storm system and the clouds seen here are quite characteristic of strong thunderstorms. Mammatus clouds are visible towards the base of the main cumulonimbus cloud in the photograph.

The same scene as viewed from slightly further away.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Five-lined Skink...

We often see this pair of five-lined skinks in the rock garden outside our front door. This type of lizard is very colourful and quite striking as it suns itself on the rocks. And just look at that beautiful blue tail! We love all the interesting nature that Indiana has to offer!

 A five-lined skink sunning itself.
The pair of five-lined skinks. Their blue tails are amazing!

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Summer is for Sunflowers...

This pretty sunflower appeared underneath our bird feeder earlier in the summer. It must have grown from the sunflower seeds that were in the bird feed mix. Sunflowers certainly are beautiful plants!

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Damaged Corn Field...

A strong thunderstorm rolled through and the winds associated with it damaged the corn field near the pond recently. It has been over a month since I snapped these photos, and much of the damaged corn did not recover. Thunderstorm winds can certainly pack a powerful punch!

 A view of a flattened part of the field.
View looking west towards the corn field.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Libby's Gourmet Ice-Cream...

We stopped in at Libby's Gourmet Ice-Cream in Jasper on our way home. We had lovely ice-cream before heading on our way home. It was a great weekend away!

Enjoying ice-cream on the pavement outside. :)

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

O'Bannon Woods State Park...

We arrived at O'Bannon Woods State Park just before lunchtime on Sunday, 24th June. We enjoyed a picnic lunch outside the Nature Centre before browsing inside. We then went for a brief walk before heading back home. O'Bannon Woods State Park has a very impressive Nature Centre - especially in terms of live reptiles on display, like this alligator snapping turtle at right. Riaan loved it!

 The Hickory Hollow Nature Centre.
 Enjoying a picnic lunch.
 Copperheads and a timber rattlesnake share this vivarium.
 The timber rattlesnake looked quite threatening.
 An eastern hognose snake inspects Riaan through the glass.
 An albino corn snake.
 Riaan loved looking at the snakes.
 The alligator snapping turtle uses a lure on its tongue to catch its prey.
 Riaan looking at the museum section.
 View inside the Nature Centre.
 Walking a pretty trail outside.
 Interesting fungi on a log.
 The wildlife viewing hide.
 Wyandotte Firetower dates from 1932.
 I only climbed as far as the second level.
 View looking down to our car.
Heading down the rickety stairs.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Battle of Corydon Park...

We stopped at the site of the Battle of Corydon on our journey home. It was here that the only pitched battle to be fought in Indiana during the American Civil War took place on July 9th, 1863. There is  a little park here, complete with an old log cabin, that commemorates the battle. It was interesting to see the site and to read about the history of Morgan's Raid.

 Historic marker.
 The entrance to the park.
 Flags flying at the entrance to the park.
 The mooring post and anchor chain of the Alice Dean, a packet steamer that was captured by Morgan's troops and used to cross the Ohio River.
 Cannon at the Battle park.
 The pretty little log cabin.
 Inside the log cabin.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Louisville Skyline...

We left Louisville on Sunday, 24th June, and drove through the streets of Louisville on our way home. We took our time, stopping to get yummy organic coffee at Heine Brothers' Coffee and then driving through Louisville before heading across to the site of the Battle of Corydon and O'Bannon Woods State Park. More on those in the next few posts, but here are some photos of the Louisville skyline. :)

 Heine Brothers' Coffee.
 The drive-through menu.
 About to enter the tunnel on the east side of Louisville.
 Louisville is built on the banks of the Ohio River.
Downtown Louisville as seen from the Interstate.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Louisville Zoo: Take Two...

We took a family trip to Louisville at the end of last month. It was important for us to get away as a family and spend a weekend away from home. We decided to visit the Louisville Zoo again, since Candace missed out last time Riaan and I went back in November. It was just as impressive - in fact, probably more so, since there was an amazing Lego exhibit, Nature Connects, on display throughout the Zoo. We had a fantastic time wandering through the various displays and seeing all the interesting animals - and Riaan, of course, had a wonderful time!  

 Riaan sitting on a komodo dragon model.
 Amazing Lego chameleon on display.
 Tiger rattlesnake.
 Beautiful tiger.
 Wise orangutan.
 Crocodile under a frangipani tree.
 Lego dodo model.
 My lovely family having fun at the Zoo!
 Leopard geckos.
 Graceful puma.
 Sleepy snow leopard.
 Lego snow leopard.
 Metal windmill at the Outback section of the Zoo.
 Walking towards Glacier Run - home of the polar bears and sea lions.
 View looking down at the seal tank.
 Harbour seals swim through the water.
 Harbour seal barking.
 The polar bear was amazing.
 Amazing Lego polar bear display.
 Riaan and I at the Lego wildebeest and zebra display.
 Riaan with the Lego zebra.
 A pair of real zebras at the zoo.
 African elephant and Indian elephant.
 Riaan loved all the animal sculptures, too.
 Large male lion.
 A pair of giraffes.
 Stork and a grey-crowned crane.
 Tortoise and a pair of addax antelope.
 Lego monarch butterfly.
 Rhino at the Zoo.
 Lego disappearing rhino exhibit.
The train that travels around the Louisville Zoo. :)