I knew I’d been ignoring my blog – but I didn’t realize the last post was in January! I did take some winter pictures but nothing particularly interesting came of them.
The Montana Audubon Center here in Billings is offering a Montana Master Naturalist course. The stated purpose is “to develop the knowledge, skills, and habits to forge a closer relationship with the natural world.” Deciding it might be fun to meet others and to learn more about the geography, plants and creatures of the area, I signed up.
One of the requirements is to keep a naturalist journal with the recommendation to visit the same outdoor location repeatedly. Since Phipps Park is just up the road from my home, I scoped it out before the class started. All photos in this post were taken that afternoon in mid-April.
With the first hard freeze of the season earlier this week, we have definitely said good-bye to summer here in central Iowa. The forecast calls for a few more warmish days but the nip in the air says it is definitely autumn.
I think you should be able to click on one photo to see the full image and then scroll through all of them.
ADDED: So interesting that the images are square when post is read through the WordPress Reader. When read on the Another LQQK page, the photos are cropped round and can be pulled up one by one in their original rectangular shape. – Teressa
The primary requirement for Becky’s July #TreeSquare challenge is that the picture be square; a secondary rule is that the photo contains a tree or a part of a tree or the shadow of a tree or even the hint of fake tree. So today I’m sharing three pictures – two with trees in the background and one that is all about the trees. All were taken June 18, 2021 at Iowa’s Big Creek State Park.
I’m guessing – and I could be wrong – that the tree stumps in this third photograph are what remain of trees destroyed by the derecho that swept through the state a year ago.