Thursday, May 29, 2014

Out On The Lake

 Eastern Kingbird

A tiny house wren
Sings me a song
An timeless love song
Out on the prairie.

Newest burn turning lush and green.
 Hey, wait for me!
A phlox that was all white instead of purple
The deep woods a getting grown over. In the fall and winter it become easy to explore, but once it grows in, it becomes impenetrable. Treasure found gets covered over and may never be found again.

Saturday, May 24, 2014


A burn I shared last time greens up fast. When fire was natural occurring, great herds followed the new growth. Buffalo don't eat all the way to the ground. When they approach previously grazed land the stubble tickled their nose and they passed it by. This will be a beautiful field this summer and hardly show the mark of a burn.
A quiet morning
Called out to me.
Let's go fishing
And then go see,
What we might find
Out on the prairie.


A nice trail along the river

 A new "Welcome Home Soldier " monument just west of Albia, Iowa being built.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Those Early Woodland Blooms

Wood Duck
 Spring Beauty

Those early spring blooms
Always greet me
With a steadfast smile.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Prairie Spring

A recent burn, this gives vitality to an area.

Red-wing belting out the tunes

Pelican parade

The good news to share is about a widowed pelican I had shared with you. He came back to the same area each year after his mate had died, hardly moving more than thirty feet from her body the first year . He hasn't been seen for three weeks and a pair of Canadian Geese took over the spit on the river. He must have found a flock to his liking and joined their ranks. Some large flocks have passed through, a few staying to fill up on fish before leaving for better nesting areas. Pelicans eat six to eight fish a day so need good feeding areas. I saw another eagle yesterday so I'm happy to know more are staying around to nest.