Wow, we've had some relatively balmy weather here in the midwest and, by gosh, its been great! The other day we took a hike at Metea County Park and soaked up early spring. Here's just a few of our sightings:
A brilliantly-colored American Goldfinch hanging out in a safe spot:
Beautiful Cedar Creek from a high bluff:
Gnarly old oak tree tenaciously hanging onto the bluffs' edge:
Nice hardwood forest:
Incredible green color of an interesting moss:
A backward ladybug (Genus Chilocorus). We identified this tiny beetle here.
A huge Eastern Cottonwood tree. Steve and Lori (Jennifer's sister) hug her in appreciation:
As always, the boundless wonders of the natural world strengthened our sense of wonder and heightened our excitement for life!!