Playing Hooky Again. A Short Afternoon Hike At Our Local Community Park.
As I have often said here on my blog, you don’t have to go far to see the beauty of nature. You can find it in your own backyard if you keep your eyes peeled. It was hot and sunny Friday afternoon. I decided to leave the office early again and hike out nearby Community Park.
Located about two miles from my home , I have visited Community Park since I was a child. When I arrived billowing cumulus clouds began to develop in the southeastern sky. Thunderstorms were in the forecast.
I wasn’t going to rush my hike. I wanted to observe, and share, the wildflowers, plants and wildlife growing around scenic Lake Irena and the surrounding woods. I first noticed the lush growth of lance-leaf pickerel along the shores of the lake.
I continued my walk along the trail around the lake. Frogs were jumping in ahead of me, eluding my attempts to get a photograph. The wildflowers didn’t move so I was able to photograph this meadow rue,
The parents and siblings came honking to her rescue. I assumed it may have been attacked by a snapping turtle. After some splashing and a lot of honking it freed itself and the entire family swam to the middle of the lake.
It was only when I got home that I saw the gosling had become ensnared in a discarded fishing line. I am sure the poor bird didn’t understand what was happening and feared it was a snapping turtle. These large turtles are common here and do take young goslings. It is why the entire family came to her rescue. Well all was well that ended well.
I continued my walk through the woodlands surrounding the park.
On my return walk I listed to the rumbling thunder from the storm that was raging to the south. I am glad it missed us. It let me explore the areas in our Community Park. There were no exciting observations like snakes, bears or eagles. However, I was still impressed with the beauty of the mundane things in nature I found on this short three mile hike. And I enjoy sharing them with my friends on my blog and social media. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Community park hike June 28 2019.
By discovering nature, you discover yourself. Maxime Lagacé