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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Grand and the Intimate

Worked some for both jobs today and then went out checking sites for Get Off The Couch. Discovered that a trail which has been closed (as in gated) for a couple of years is now open again. From the top of the pumped storage reservoir you can see the Ludington Lighthouse, and the beginning of the channel. The big point of land is Big Sable Point, where the tall striped lighthouse I've showed you a few times is located. The picture is taken at about 950 feet, and the lake surface is about 580. Not bad for a "flat" state.

Ludington Michigan

On an intermediate scale, Kibby Creek rest area is located on... duh... Kibby Creek. It's a pretty little stream. Here a tiny rill is adorned with forget-me-nots.

Kibby Creek

Just to keep us up to date, the caterpillars have migrated to other plants, but look! A few of them have gone to instar 4. It's amazing how few have made it that far from the mass we started with. Probably some I can't see any more are fine, but even so, the mortality rate even without being eaten is high.

milkweed tussock caterpillar

And! The one we want to see, the Monarch caterpillar, was back this morning. Literally back... that's his tail end.

monarch caterpillar

The cool summer has even made the papers here. I'm sure liking these temperatures.

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Ann said...

wow, that is an amazing view in the first picture.
And we think life as humans is tough, we should all be glad we aren't caterpillars :)

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Not so bad for a flat state, indeed. Beautiful!

Marilyn said...

Love all of the pictures. Yippee! More places to explore. So nice to see the Monarch.

Secondary Roads said...

The cooler temps are kind of nice, but what, if anything, does it portend for next winter?

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- yet another thing to be thankful for. I don't think I'd make a good caterpillar

Rose- the southern part is really flat, but people tend to think that applies to all of Michigan

Marilyn- our area is FILLED with good places to explore

Chuck- I suspect not much. I think the cold lake is moderating the summer, but I don't think that will affect the winter. Another Polar Vortex might!

Lin said...

It's been a lovely summer as far as I'm concerned. But I don't own a swimming pool or like hot weather anyway. I know a lot of sad summer-lovers.

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