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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Walk 18/4 - Part 1

Getting towards the end of April, there is a coolness in the air and in some places, there is frost on the ground and the grass is starting to go brown.

I found a new place to look for insects and although I was sure I would not find any this late in the season, decided to check it out for next summer.

It is situated on a small hill not far out ouf town and after parking the car, headed towards these horses which they have there. You can hire them and do the routes with them, on bicycle or walking, whichever suites you best.

This one decided that the hay in the next stall was tastier than his. :)
I think the brown one was asking me to choose him but he looked kind of old and slow and I was going to hike anyway.
The cute white one came up to be petted.
Starting out, the frost on this wild zinnia caught my eye.
This is the start of the trail. As you can see, it is quite bushy with lots of up and down hill trails. There is a lot of grass and bushes and I will definitely go back in the summer to go bug hunting as I think it will turn out to be a pretty good place for it.
In one section they were cutting down some of the invader tree species but I thought the growth rings in this very pretty. So much can be told by them from the rate it grows to nutrients in the soil.
This was a very old one and I could see the main stem plus some other all growing into one. How did it survive I wonder. It seemed a very odd way to grow.
In the part they cut off, there was recent signs of borer beetles at work with fresh wood shavings at the bottom. Must remember to check out the stump when I go again. The beetles are probably laying their eggs in there for next summer.

22 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Was that meant to be the end of April?

That horse with the hay on the other side of the fence - did you not know the grass is always greener on the other side:)
Diane

JM said...

Glad you shared this walk with us. The horses are beautiful and I also like the wood textures.

Firefly said...

The stump with the different rings are quite peculiar. I haven't been out to take photos properly for about 3 weeks or so. I need to get out there camera in hand.

Sandy said...

I enjoyed your walk. I love horses and bugs, so this post was perfect.

Hope you get back to see more beetles and bugs and...bears and..
oh my...whatever else you might come across.

April?

Gaelyn said...

Nice to have found a beautiful buggy place to walk not too far from home. Especially with the help of those 4-leggeds. The one tree looks like three trunks that grew together. Very unusual to see the cut of that.

Becky and Gary said...

Interesting tree facts.
Of course I love horses too.
Thanks for sharing Joan.
B.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Yes it was Diane but I had other things to post in between. :) It goes like that with me sometimes. LOL!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Jose. I am very partial to wood and like anything made of it.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Jonker, I thought so too. I was hoping to get out this weekend as it has been so hot here but it is windy and cold this morning.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Sandy. A bit behind with my posting aren't I? :)

"Oh my" is right but maybe I can do without the bears? LOL!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I have not ridden on a horse I think I will fall off Gaelyn. LOL!! It would be a nice way to get around there though as there are plenty of hills.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You are welcome Becky. :)

troutbirder said...

"Wild zinnias"... that's a totally new concept to me!

Mary said...

I wondered about the April reference, too! Love the horses!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

These are qite different to those we plant in our gardens TB and only come in this one color.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! I even have a series I did last year which I have not got around to posting yet Mary. :)

birdy said...

That's a very inspiring series of pictures Joan. The horses, the wild zinnia and tree trunks all are wonderful.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Birdy. There is so much in nature which is beautiful that I never know what pictures to post as everything is of interest to me.

Rambling Woods said...

The emerald ash borer a non-native is set to take out 70 million ash trees in NY state...we had ours treated...but there are so many in our parks....all because of careless people.....

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

That is an awful statistic Michelle. I am afraid that with transportation being so plentyful nowdays, these things are coming in from all kinds of countries and taking over areas then doing damage. I have found insects and even scorpions here which they tell me is impossible as this is not the area for them but the scorpion must have hidden away in my bosses son's car as he had been in their area a week previously. I tend to ignore distribution maps now as they are not applicable anymore.

Sandy said...

That zinna is incredible.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

The photo came out all wrong as the light was bad and gave it a blue background but it looks quite different like that so I left it. :)