The Colony Shoreline Trail In June

This morning, the weather was so beautiful and the temperatures were 77ºF (25ºC). After Katelynn and Sara were on their way to school, I got dressed and packed my backpack for a small hike at the Shoreline Trail. When I arrived, a Painted Bunting welcomed me at the trail head. It sang a beautiful song to its mate. It was humid. But taking a short break in the shade and the wind blowing, helped a lot. The Prairie looked so beautiful. Butterflies and other insects got attracted by the thistles, prairie coneflower, bee balm, and many more blooms. I watched many more wildlife along the trail, before I hiked back to the car. It felt good visiting the Shoreline Trail. I have to do this more often, again.

The Colony Shoreline Trail In May 2018

This morning, I watched the wildlife, while sitting under a tree at the pond by the Shoreline trail. At this time of the year, lots of turtles love to rest at the shore of the waters edge and take in the warm rays of the sun. One lonely Mallard Duck waddled around in the grass. I’ve got up to walk around the pond, before I would hike at the lake for a little bit. When I crossed the bridge, I noticed two Yellow-crowned Night Herons. They just sat there and looked at the stream, which leads to the pond. I wonder, if they had a frog meal.

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Red-eared Slider Turtle

At the lake, I walked toward the little flower field. There is a lady, she’s sowing Spring flowers for the pollinators, every Autumn. In May these flowers begin to bloom. And I always like to take a look and capture some photos. Due to the cooler weather in early Spring, not all the flowers are in bloom yet. I might have to come back in a week or two to see what else is flourishing on her property. At least this time I’ve got her hold of her blooming poppies.

Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorants, Great Egret

One of the ladies of our local photography group mentioned, that we have some Canada Geese at the pond by the lake. I drove over there to see, if they were still at the pond. And sure enough, there were about half of a dozen Canada Geese, a couple of Double-crested Cormorants, and a Great Egret.

Frosty Half-Marathon

This morning, Kevin was running in the The Colony Half Marathon. The runners began at 8:00 am and at 34ºF. When Kevin was done, the thermometer just reached 50ºF. Short before the 12-Mile mark, Katelynn, Sara and I sat by the pond and waited for Kevin coming around the corner. I timed it perfectly. After about 10 minutes, here he comes running. And he dropped everything, he didn’t needed for the rest of the run. Katelynn ran over and picked it all up. Kevin looked much better this year, than he did at his very first Half-Marathon last year. He was more alert but also a little bit heavier, this year. And he improved his running time from 2:49:24 (h:m:s) to 2:37:12 (h:m:s). Yep, that’s an improvement of 12.12 min. Way to go, Kevin!

The Colony Shoreline Trail In August II

What is a better way to enjoy the birthday, when the kids are in school, and the husband is at work? That’s right. I do a little photo-hike along The Colony Shoreline Trail. And I was lucky, today: I actually could capture a pondhawk in mid-flight; several Great Egrets were close to the shoreline; a Great Blue Heron was on water watch directly on the edge of the trail; and a squirrel and enjoyed a fresh osage orange.

The Colony Shoreline Trail In August I

The weather is warm and beautiful outside. It was a perfect day to clean out the garage, and then taking a nice hike at the Shoreline Trail. Stan’s Lakeview Draft House had a live band. While I photographed some vegetation along the trail, I could listen to some Rock music. I couldn’t have asked for more. Here are some photos from my evening hike at the lake:

The Doe At The Colony Shoreline Trail

A few years back I told Kevin, I will go to The Colony Shoreline Trail to look for some deer. Someone tipped me off about a certain area, where I would find some deer activity at sundown. At that night in mid July, I wanted to see for myself and capture some photos. On the way out, I said: “Honey, I will hunt for deer tonight!” Kevin laughed: “Yeah, shooting with your camera?” “Yep, exactly”, I replied.

At the trail, I looked for some evidence. It didn’t take long, until I found deer tracks. I hid behind a bush several feet away from the deer tracks and waited … and waited … and waited. The sun was setting, and I didn’t want to give it too much longer. It felt a little bit spooky, being out there by myself. All of a sudden, I hear something and saw a bush moving across from the creek. I tried to stay as calm as I could to keep my breath low. And then there she was: a doe was standing right in the open. Of course, the wind was blowing in her direction. It was too easy to spot me. Mrs. Doe looked at me for a little while, long enough that I could capture a few photos. And then she jumped back behind the secure bushes. That was it. But I’ve got what I wanted that night. Another night I found out, why she was so hesitant. She had two bambis with her.

Arriving back at home, Kevin was resting on the couch. “Honey, I shot a deer tonight.” He looked surprised at me: “You’ve got that deer?” “Yep, I did get it,” I answered proudly. “Wow! First night out and caught it, huh?!” he said. I sat down on the couch, and looked at the pictures with him.

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A doe at The Colony Shoreline Trail (July 2014)