"In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks."
― John Muir
Beautiful weather and special places provided great opportunities for nature photography over the weekend. Both mornings began at the creek corridor of Pheasant Branch Conservancy where there was an increase in the numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers, plus a couple of Pine Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, a single Blue-headed Vireo, and a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.
On Saturday afternoon, Dottie and Mark Johnson and I decided to check out Baxter's Hollow in the Baraboo Hills for spring ephemerals. I wasn't surprised to discover that Louisiana Waterthrushes were already there. Two males were zooming up and down Otter Creek, aggressively exchanging territorial songs. Further up, a Winter Wren's song serenaded us as we photographed Round-lobed Hepatica, Spring Beauty, and Bloodroot under beautiful blue skies.
It was refreshing to spend as much time outside as we wanted, rather than the few morning or evening hours during the work week. It's raining now and the temperatures are going to cool down this week, but I suspect songbirds will still press northward. I will be there to meet them!
White Trout Lily
Otter Creek at Baxter's Hollow
Battlegrounds for Louisiana Waterthrush
Yellow Trout Lily
Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Apr 19, 2015 6:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow
All images © 2015 Mike McDowell