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Last of the fall colors on the Red Cedar State Trail.

 

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Skiing is done for the season and the barriers have been removed from the trial head so it is now OK to hike on the trail. We walked down South from Irivington.  It was a beautiful day. We saw Sandhill Cranes, Wild Turkeys, a Pheasant, Deer and Robins. The trail is still mostly covered in packed snow from the grooming although there are starting to be some bare spots. Once the snow is gone the trail will likely be muddy during the day. typically it hardens up overnight and then gradually softens up during the day making walking difficult.

This a shot of grass floating in the spring melt water.

 

The leaves are melting into the snow.

There is still ice on some of the spring melt .

Last years cattails can still be found along the trail.

 

 

We were looking for an outing so we drove up to the Chippewa Moraine Segment of the Ice Age Trail for a hike. We didn’t bring our snowshoes hoping the trail would have been packed down by snowshoers. It was in some places but others it was still soft enough to make things difficult. It was a bit like walking on the beach and we were pooped by the time we finished the 4.5 mile trail. Not a lot to photograph. We found this large popular tree that a beaver must have been working on. He should have tried for a smaller tree.

A few leaves had fallen in the snow.

A number of places we found that Pileated Woodpeckers had been busy on the trees. It doesn’t take them long to make short work of the tree.

On a recent hike on the Red Cedar State Trail we found some leaves that had frozen into the ice along the trail.

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Photographing leaves embedded in the ice is a favorite subject in the winter time. Here are a few examples from recent visits to Devil’s Punchbowl.

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The streams flowing through Devil’s Punchbowl has more water than normal flowing. The result has been a lot of ice and fall leaves encased in the ice. More photos from Devil’s Punchbowl can be found on my website.

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We walked a different section of the Red Cedar Trail this week and found some different flowers and other objects to photograph.

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee

Canada Hawkweed

Canada Hawkweed

Dame's Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

Grape Leaf

Grape Leaf

Here are a few more flower photos from the Red Cedar Trail.

Columbine

Columbine

Dame's Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

Canada Anemone

Canada Anemone

A shot of the lichen on one of the bridges fount on the Red Cedar Trail.

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Nothing is too mundane to take a photo of. Just some leaves I found along the trail. I liked the color and pattern.

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A few weeks ago we made our fall trip down to Baraboo, Wisconsin to visit friends and check out the fall colors. Our first stop was Pewits Nest. Unfortunately the colors were gone and most of the leaves were on the ground. The good news is they enlarged the parking lot so more than 4 or 5 cars can park at any given time. In past years we sometimes had to skip the visit because the parking lot was full.

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When you find yourself in a situation where the subject you came to shoot is not what you expected you then start looking for alternative subjects. On this day I concentrated on photographing close up photos of leaves in the water.

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Walking around Hoffman Hill we encountered a Muskrat in one of the ponds. This is the first one we have seen in a number of years.

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The DNR did a controlled burn this spring and now the grass is emerging through the black burn area.

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The leaves are starting to form around the wetlands area.

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