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Fields of Sandhill Cranes

Fields of Sandhill Cranes

Fields of Sandhill Cranes and a Stop at the Swamp

Today my daughter and I took a drive to try and find a piece of property I have been wanting to visit.  This piece of property that was looking for was swampland with public hunting grounds and was where my uncles and grandfather used to hunt during the fall.  It was a beautiful country drive with views of fields of sandhill cranes.
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Moon and Stars Outhouse

Moon and Stars Outhouse

Moon and Stars Outhouse

The moon and star cutout on the outhouses came about in a time when few people could read, The crescent moon was the symbol for a women and the star cutout was for men.

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Profile of Bald Eagle

Profile of a Bald Eagle

Profile of Bald Eagle

A beautiful shot of a profile of a bald eagle – just check out that eye!  The bald eagle was chosen as the emblem of the United States back on June 20, 1782.

Eagle’s Represent
• Strength
• Self-respect 
• Nobility
• Pride

Profile of a Bald Eagle

Interesting Facts
• Long lifespan of 30-35 years
• Mate for life
• A wingspan of up to 7 feet 
• Can fly up 25 miles per hour 
• Mainly eat fish and snakes

The eagle is a pretty impressive bird of prey, it’s no wonder it was chosen as the emblem of the United States.

 

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Oppressively Somber

Oppressively Somber Abandon Old Creepy House

Oppressively Somber

What once was a strong and sturdy shell has become oppressively somber standing among the overgrown thicket outside her front door.

For many years she remained strong and sturdy, able to withstand anything thrown at her. Until one-day things become too difficult. The weight of the world came crashing down and rendered her useless.

Even in her darkest hours, you can still see her strength and beauty she possesses.



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Male House Finch

Male House Finch

 

Male House Finch

House finches are rarely seen walking on the ground.  They are known for their hopping abilities, they will place both feet together and hop from location to location. Read all about the  house finch.

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Visitor From Heaven

Visitor From Heaven Red Cardinal Wildlife Photography Notecard

Visitor From Heaven
Vistor From Heaven

It is said when a red cardinal appears in your yard it is a visitor from heaven.
Male Red Cardinal at Feeder

I certainly hope so, I’m missing a few of my loved ones lately.

 

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Yellow Flag Iris

Yellow Flag Iris - Invasive Wisconsin

Yellow Flag Iris
(Iris pseudacorus)

Yellow flag iris is a showy perennial plant that can grow in a range of conditions from drier upland sites, to wetlands, to floating aquatic mats.

This iris can take over areas quickly and is invasive.

Considered invasive in Wisconsin.

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Eastern American Toad Thrilling Video

The Eastern American Toad thrilling video – (thrilling) is the sound they make. The thrilling sound can last for up to 30 seconds at a time and you normally hear them in May in Wisconsin.

Currently, this is what the little pond down the street from me sounds like. The video contains one image of the toad so you know what critter to look for and the audio sound – so you too, can identify the thrilling sound the Eastern American Toad makes.

PS – Yes, the name of the sound they make is called thrilling 🙂

Additional Videos:
What the Red Tailed Hawk Looks & Sounds Like

Sound the Wood Frog Makes
The Sound of the Catbird

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Nose to Nose With a Raccoon

Nose to Nose With a Raccoon

Oh my gosh! How darn cute is he?
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Nose to Nose With a Raccoon


I was out laying down in the woods, dressed in brown and green clothing and covered in leaves, hoping, waiting and praying to lure in the fanning male turkeys but I received a
 little surprise.  I looked over to see two little eyes staring at me.
  

I could almost hear him say, “Hey lady!  Occupied!”  

 

Guess you will have to wait on turkey photos. Yep! Got ’em too. It was a good day!!

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Old Brick Building in Oconto County

Old Brick Building in Oconto County

Old Brick Building in Oconto County

An old brick building in Oconto County, WI. I believe this building was once used as the general store in a country area. Now, it is covered with rich, green ivy.

The advantage about traveling the backroads to get to additional UTV trails is that you get to see plenty of old gems.

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Bring Scout He Said

Bring Scout He Said - Lab Playing in the Muddy Water

Today is one day that my husband looks forward to, picking up the Spyder from the hunting grounds shed.  I was driving with him to the grounds and driving back his truck, bring Scout he said so you have someone to ride back with.  Oh, that was an excellent idea!

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Drake Common Merganser

Drake Common Merganser

Drake Common Merganser

After walking some trails today at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary,  I sat on a bench around the duck pond for 15 minutes, there was a drake common merganser keeping me company.

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So Elegant

Even though this duck is called the common merganser, they have an elegance about them. They are such pretty birds.
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Even though this duck is called the common merganser, they have an elegance about them. They are such pretty birds.

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You Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb

You Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb - When you see a large patch of white in an area that has no snow, you have to investigate.  Low and behold - it isn't snow!  It is Snow White though :)

You Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb
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Early spring there isn’t much color, everything is brown with a little green. Bored with the regular walking paths and nature areas I decided to take my neighbor up on his offer and walk their new property of 50 acres.

When you see a large patch of white in an area that has no snow, you have to investigate.  Low and behold – it isn’t snow!  It is Snow White though 🙂

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Belted Kingfischer

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfischer

I told a gentleman that I follow on Instagram last month I never see Belted Kingfisher on my walks with wildlife in mind. Never say never, because you will certainly be proven wrong.

Adult Male Belted Kingfisher

This male Belted Kingfisher was just sitting over one of the little streams on my walk along Bairds Creek.  I sat and watched him for a period of time hoping he was going to come back with a fresh catch.  I think he was a little bummed out about the winter flurries coming down again, as I am.

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Adult Male Belted Kngfisher in Flight

No such luck with fishing pictures of the male Belted Kingfisher today, he just flew off after watching him for ten minutes.

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Sunday Drive in Early March

Sunday Drive in Early March - Peshtigo River and Caldron Falls Dam

I’m not sure about you, but I know for me I have noticed that life seems off balance.  My husband and I spend much of our time apart, due to our winter hobbies and work. We dedicate one weekend day a month together to reconnect. The pictures included in this posting are from our Sunday drive in early March to Oconto County, Wisconsin.

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Inside the Old Cabins Smoky Mountain National Park

Inside the Old Cabins Smoky Mountain National Park

Inside the Old Cabins Smoky Mountain National Park

 

Inside the Old Cabins Smoky Mountain National Park – We ventured out into the heavy wooded areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trying to locate the old section of cabins on this visit.  Our first attempt was unsuccessful.

We stopped at a local country shop and the gentleman there knew exactly what I was wanting to see and drew us a map.

The cabins were to be met the wrecking ball the following week. With the help of the gentleman’s directions, were successful.

The heavy rains didn’t stop us, but the trees and rain took out our umbrella and we were a muddy mess when everything was said and done.