Walking through a thistle field in pajamas and flip flops to see a porcupine nestled in a tree - I highly recommend it, it works better than coffee. The day was overcast and lazy so most of the outings were close to the cabin.
Just outside of the gate is a clearing next to a creek that I've had a hankering to explore. I went low profile-style...no camera, no binocs - just me, but within half an hour I was headed back to the cabin to grab my camera cuz there was a Grade A caterpillar situation at hand. Look at this dude!
Here's a fun game - find a caterpillar in a large zone
of nature then leave the location for about 20 minutes
then return and try to find the caterpillar again.
While searching for the caterpillar I meet this guy.
After coming down off of my caterpillar high, I had a painting session/collage making/photo shoot.
(Don't worry, the image is not upside down, it just looked
more like an outer space disco ball this way)
On a scale of awesomeness, pincushion daisies are a
super close second next to my beloved purple thistle.
My nature specimen collection is growing...
To put a feather in the cap of my day, I joined Margie for an evening hike to the trout ponds and saw this kickass tree.