If you ever wonder about where to go, what to see, how to plan an adventure, my answer is to get outside. You never know what you're going to see and even if you've been walking the same area, there is ALWAYS something new to see. Seasons change, soil erosion, water flow, animal tracks~ all of those things will never remain the same.
I had my chance to get outside this weekend and found a new creek to explore. I didn't find any 'memory' glass chips this time, but I do know I need to go back and walk the banks of the creek with more purpose. I drove to a new area, unfortunately, it said NO DOGS and that kicked us out of exploring it. I'll have to put it on my "To-Do" list for sometime this week. I think there will be some very pretty areas to explore before the leaves fill in and hide some areas. Time is of the essence on some of these hidden gems!
Do you notice the subtle changes happening in the tree line?
Check out the bundle of roots along the bank~ soil erosion will certainly take down those 2 trees eventually.
Look at the beautiful blue sky and the reflections seen in the pool of water.
NATURE IS SO BEAUTIFUL~even when it is coming out of its winter slumber. JUST like US!
I took some time watching a variety of birds come to a feeder. I saw this bird fly across the field and land on a tree trunk. The underside bright yellow feathers were vivid and grabbed my attention. Let me show you why!
It made its way to the feeder on the deck and my phone was right there! I feel like I got a show! I actually took a video and then grabbed several of these photos from the video. Such a beauty! It is a Northern Flicker. Here's what I learned:
The Northern Flicker is one of the few North American woodpeckers that is strongly migratory. Flickers in the northern parts of their range move south for the winter, although a few individuals often stay rather far north. Northern Flickers generally nest in holes in trees like other woodpeckers. (Wiki) The northern flicker or common flicker is a medium-sized bird of the woodpecker family. It is native to most of North America, parts of Central America, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands, and is one of the few woodpecker species that migrate.
Its population is decreasing, as are ALL of the birds. I strongly encourage you to watch this video about migratory birds, tracking them and dwindling populations:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p43ksRgIlk National Geographic does an outstanding job on educating us on what is going on in our world. Pay attention to what is happening to our earth friends~ all are slowly declining, including bird species.
OK~I'm off to work on a video showing you some awesome places I've discovered recently, including a trail in SE Shawnee County and SW Douglas County. If you are an avid bike rider, you may know about it already~ I think it is a pretty awesome trail even for hikes.