An exciting adventure looking at the land and the people around me.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Flowers and Ponies
Asclepias Tuberosa, the Butterfly Milkweed, always brightens the landscape when in bloom. I love this milkweed and spread it's seed later in the summer to keep the landscape bright. I went from plant to plant looking at the menagerie of insects it feeds. It makes me want to head up to Lakeside Laboratory in Northwest Iowa to view it and other new arrivals that all used to thrill me at the lab during the year. This is a cumulative school for all the state universities that works with wetland and prairie projects. It has been going for over a hundred years. That part of the state presently is flooding because of intense storms that have visited all week. My favorite beaches at the big reservoirs are under water and many areas closed. I have visited smaller lakes all week and found a nice campground at a county park I want to explore more. Friday I posted a comment that I have caught so many fish in the last few days that the stories can't get any bigger. Each time I visit a new lake I wish I had a pontoon boat to get around better. I came home for a few days and picked my first tomatoes, green beans and still lots of edible podded peas. A neighbor watches them for me, but doesn't like to bend over and pick goodies as often as they need it. I need to tone it down I say each year, gardening for one is hard to do. I enjoy sharing when I am overpowered and freeze a few things for winter usage. I bought a flat of blueberries yesterday so will freeze them for desserts, smoothies and pancakes. I like to snack on them fresh so may have to get more while they are so cheap.
This tiny Hairstreak is only about the size of my thumbnail.