Monday, October 4, 2010

Fly-over country

On a recent vacation day from work, I went out for a long, leisurely walk around Ada Hayden park in north Ames.  It was a bit on the chilly side and there was a light sprinkle, so I bundled up in my hooded sweatshirt and hit the trail that curls around the lake.

I adore this place because it's not your typical green lawn/tall oak tree type of park.  They turned the old limestone querry into a restored prairie wetland.

I've had a fascination with prairies ever since my high-school science days, when our instructor made us memorize the names of different prairie flowers common in Iowa.  I've forgotten most of those names, although I'm able to recognize a few of the "easier" prairie plants.

Here's golden rod.

And a milkweed that's home to a fuzzy catepillar, a sure sign of fall in Iowa.

I crossed a bridge.

Then decided to take a left at the fork in the path.

And discovered a flock of migrating birds in the pond.  Pelicans, I think, but I'm not for sure.

They don't call Iowa fly-over country for nothing :)

At the end of a trail, there's a living sculpture -- willow trees that were planted, bent and shaped into a twisting cave.  The trees will continue to grow throughout the years, so the sculpture will always be changing.

I can't believe fall is already here.  I never want this lovely season to end.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice photos!
    I reblogged your pelican photo today at:



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