Monday, April 21, 2014

A Spring Trip to Southern Indiana

Spring is here in Ohio and you can hardly keep us indoors! We recently enjoyed a great trip to southern Indiana to visit a very dear, very cool friend of ours. Here's a few photos of our outing to one of The Nature Conservancy preserves she stewards.

Juvenal's Duskywing based on the amount of gray scaling on the upperwings. We did not see the underwings to confirm the two hindwing spots.


Hoary Puccoon! (Lithospermum canescens) What a sunshine little plant. Love it!


Beth and me working on plant ID.


We ate our picnic lunch in this special place - a glade.


This shrub, Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica), was absolutely humming with pollinators!


 A creek ramble topped off this most fun of days...


Who isn't happy exploring a beautiful, rocky stream?


This spring azure loved the salts on my skin and I loved seeing this sign of spring.


 Some member of the Meloe genus?


Beth - always the artist and good Land Steward decided we needed a cairn to make the trail stream crossing more clear.


We enjoyed such a great spring outing and can't wait for our next visit! We hope you all are getting out too...



8 comments:

  1. What a great outing! I love exploring new areas, too.

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    1. We hope you are enjoying a great spring! :)

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  2. I never really appreciated it before this year, but having a knowledgeable guide for a location is great fun. That hoary puccoon is such a funny name for a stunning flower. It looks like spring is just starting to get going in IN. I had forgotten how strongly marked your Celastrina ladon are compared to CA's C. echo. Cool.

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    1. Yes, hoary puccoon is such a funny name! Yes, spring is finally arriving in the midwest and we are loving it! I imagine you've been in spring for a long while now. :)

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  3. What a fun trip! Beautiful! We're getting ready to till up out new garden...can't wait to see some pictures of your garden this spring! ~Vonnie

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    1. Happy planting Vonnie!!! We are excited for you all and the fun you will have at your new pad. :)

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  4. Looks like a blast! I especially love that last pic;)

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    1. Yes, we look a little kooky in that last photo don't we. :) Well, maybe not Beth - just me. I look a little nuts! Ha!

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