Saturday, September 25, 2021

Frederick Springs & Indian Mounds

 What a beautiful day to take a hike.  Went to a nature preserve just at the edge of Madison  - Frederick Springs.  Walked four miles to see the Springs and to visit a sacred area of Indian Mounds at the top of a hill overlooking the springs.


Hope you enjoy it as much as I did today.


                                    The Springs - bubbling out of the sand

                                    View from the hill of Indian Burial Mounds

( Took a video -

 but can not seem to upload it to the Blog!! - - any hints???)

                                    The Indian Mound hill

                                    A group burial mound


                                    the springs at the bottom of the hill

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Yesterday & Today

Yesterday and today, started to being in the potted plants that I want to over-winter in the house --- and survive!  This included a number of different sedums, papyrus, geranium, Mandarin Orange tree, etc. Once again, I will try to protect them from the upcoming winter weather here and hopefully they can return to the patio in Spring.

Here are some photos taken this weekend at the Gardens at Waters East on the shore of Lake Michigan.  Beautiful time of the year!




Here are two photos of the view at the gardens taken earlier in the year, lest we forget the beauty in the area here! 


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

A quick walk today - 9.14.21

 Took a quick walk today 9.14.21


Walked to Picnic Point and then around the Community Garden.  Feeling Fall in the air with many flowers and lots of vegetables ripening.  Hope the gardeners will share some of the goodies!


Monarch along the trail to Picnic Point.

Turtle getting a little sun in the bay.


What are these berries?

If you know, let me know.

I have no idea.

In the garden.
In the garden.

I really feel dumb today.

Can not think of this garden plant.  Any help?

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Ducks, I think NOT!!!

I had always thought these were ducks.  Surprise surprise!!!  They are not.  These water fowl are known as American Coots. For the last couple of days they have been gathering on a bay at Lake Mendota in Madison. Going South no doubt.


They may look like a duck – but have a very different leg and foot.

Check them out on the web, I did.


So I did and learned something new.


Thursday, September 9, 2021

Joy and Signs of Hope #6

 I am calling this series – Joy & Signs of Hope.


There are not so many uplifting things in the news these days, so I decided to do a posting that can bring “goodness” to your day on this blog.  Seeing things of beauty and life can bring a little joy to all of us at this time.  So, in addition to the many regular postings here, over the next months I will continue to do my part to brighten up your day with many recent photos taken of the beauty that lives here all year, Spring through Winter in the Gardens at Waters East.

I am calling these special postings – Joy & Signs of Hope.


Hope this helps!


View of Lake Michigan

from the Gardens at Waters East

Potentilla - Mc Kay's white


bud - German Iris


Driftwood on Stonewater Beach -

Gardens at Waters East

Joe Pye - Eupotorium

Butterflies on Coneflowers


Monday, September 6, 2021

Labor Day Weekend at the garden

Here are few photos take this Labor Day Weekend at the Gardens at Waters East. The last of the Summer flowers are blooming, and a couple of friends are enjoying their time hanging around the gardens on the shore of Lake Michigan.




Rudbeckia Goldstrum

frog on Scotch Pine

frog - notice the texture and colors

butterfly on Aster

one of the dayliles hybridized here in the gardens

native Cup Plant

Monarchs coming from Canada

gathering and resting for their long trip back to Mexico.

 Their "great grandparents" left Mexico earlier this year.

Now these great grandchildren return to the same place in the mountains - - - 

 never having been there!

Ghost Spider on Coneflower

More Monarchs gathering this weekend.

The groups are just beginning.

Last year there were hundreds and hundreds 

here at the Gardens at Waters East.

Joe Pye and Bumble Bee - notice the pollen