Thursday, July 18, 2013

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Blog Post to Bring You-BABY BUNNIES! AWWWW!

Yes, just too cute to resist taking loads of pictures of these little lagomorphs. I was working at the park, and on our way to the parking lot, my husband Eric spotted something moving in the grass. I looked and saw an adorable baby bunny! Further inspection found a nest nearby.

The next morning, I brought my camera and shot a few photos before our summer camp started for the day.

Here is a shot into the nest. Four bunnies or Eastern Cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus, are in the nest. Only three are showing.

Another shot from the opposite side of the nest. They were so cute all snuggled together.

A little later in the day, after camp was over, we went back out to check on the cuties. The nest was empty and for good reason. It was right in the blazing sun with the temperature in the nineties. We checked around the area and soon started noticing the bunnies, in the shade, under a nearby tree. They were quite camouflaged, looking just like a patch of dirt under the grass. We had to be really careful not to accidentally step on them.

This one was very alert and quite curious.

This one we found next. It was tucked into the grass quite well and stayed hidden. 

This little one was quite sleepy and started to doze off.

The last one we found was just plain adorable. I could not resist taking quite a few photos of its sweet face. :) 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Blog, New Beginnings- Angel Windows trail at Red River Gorge

My life has changed radically in the last year.  I am newly married as of November to a wonderful guy. And, partly due to his encouragement, I have been exploring new avenues, reawakening old dreams and meandering about trying to find myself - parts of the old self I forgot about and am in the process of unearthing and the new self that is emerging from a sort of metamorphosis, so to speak.  Hence, the name "Meanderings".

So, what does that mean for you as a reader? I promise not to get too philosophical on you. I do promise to share some of the coolest things I can find out in nature. With that said, I will share some cool images from a recent trip to Red River Gorge.

We spent a few days at the gorge, hiking about and enjoying the scenery. I knew this was a great trip when I can completely forget all about the worries of home and become completely immersed in where I am. Nature is very healing for me and when I am only thinking about the present and not what is going on next week or what I did wrong yesterday, I feel recharged.

Right at the beginning of the trail, I spotted this little beauty. A tiny orchid, about 5 inches tall called Green Adder's Mouth, Malaxis unifolia

Angel Windows is quite breathtaking with the sunlight filtering through the opening in the rock.

At the base of the "window" in the photo above you can see a few little red spots. Those red spots are the gorgeous flowers of Roundleaf Catchfly, Silene rotundifolia.  It is the cousin of Fire Pink and Royal Catchfly that lives in Indiana.

On the way back to the parking lot, we ran into this strange fungus. After a quick search on the internet, I came up with Stalked Puffball-in-Aspic, Calostoma cinnabarina, a bizarre type of fungi that grows in a gelatinous yellow goo. It looked like what I would imagine an alien egg to look like! Anyway, if you would like to learn more about this strange fungi, you can read about it here

More Red River Gorge in the next post.