Monday, June 28, 2010

My World Tuesday Season # 2 Episode # 38

This is my posting for the My World Meme. It is hosted by Klaus, Sandy, Wren,  Sylvia and myself. Won't you join in, I want to see where you live and thrive. Click to visit other sites.

I made a trip to the J. Arthur Fen Nature Preserve. A Fen is similar to a bog but has a stream running through the area. The road to the fen isn't great and it is a little hard to find but worth the trip. WARNING - Wear protective clothing and spray with Deet. I picked up two ticks and had several attacks by mosquitoes.
You walk down a grass road, past a meadow and then come out into the fen and onto a boardwalk. 
This Red Winged Blackbird was a little way out by the stream but I loved the display it made with its shoulder applets.
There were a lot of Dragonflies in the area and this male Common White Dragonfly showed his stuff.. 
As I went into a wooded part of the boardwalk a little Red Squirrel decided to visit. I think he is beautiful with great markings, I love the black belly stripe.
This was a neat place to visit and was only 10 minutes from Kent.

38 comments:

Carver said...

Looks like a great place to visit.

imac said...

Great captures Tom from a super place.

Craver Vii said...

Sorry to hear about the ticks. I've never had them, but I hear they're no fun at all.

I like the markings on that squirrel, too. It looks like a fun little character.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what marvelous captures, Tom! And what a great place for a visit -- in spite of the ticks!! Love the squirrel! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Except for the bugs,this looks like a delightful place to visit.great shots.
Blessings,Ruth

reanaclaire said...

So many places to visit.. all beautiful nature .. wish i could go and survey this out one day.. :)

Jenn Jilks said...

I love the fen. Maybe I need to put one on my wish list for a new house?! Ah, I do want a pond in My world !
Thanks for sharing your photos!!!

Rajesh said...

Very scenic place. The bird is beautiful.

SandyCarlson said...

The squirrel looks like he is waiting for the shotgun to go off so he can run the race! I love these photos. Beautiful place.

Wren said...

Don't you love nature preserves? Peaceful, quiet, and full of wildlife. Red squirrels are so, so cute!

Twisted Fencepost said...

I love wondering around in places like this. Just to see what I can see. Or capture on film.

Rose said...

What a wonderful place I bet that is...reminds me of the strip pits.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Looks like a great place to visit, Tom... Love seeing the Blackbird.. Beautiful bird!!! Glad you wore your Deet... The bugs and skeeters love George... He must be sweeter than I am... ha ha
Betsy

wenn said...

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Dar said...

Did the Redwing Blackbird sing for you. I love listening to them while wetting a line on a warm, silent evening. Tooo, to,to,to!
Nice that you invited us to stroll with you on the Fen. We have one at one of the local campgrounds that I haven't seen in years. I will be there in Aug. Thanks for all you share.
BlessYa

Craig Glenn said...

Awesome shots Tom!

Craig Glenn

LadyFi said...

What a lovely place! That dragonfly picture is just stunning!

Gaelyn said...

What a great place to take a walk so close to home but Mike would be eaten alive by the bugs. Bummer about the ticks. Love the squirrel.

Life Ramblings said...

what a beautiful and peaceful setting. thanks for sharing your world.

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello Tom!
Thanks so much for giving us a taste about this wonderful park!
All pictures are just perfect but I think you know what is my favourite :) that sweet squirrel, as I do love squirrels!
*** next time don't forget some product spray to avoid mosquitoes! LOL
I'm always concerned about it, as I'm totally allergic!:)
hugs
Léia

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Oh poor you!! These places are so wonderful to go for photography and then you are eaten alive.

Jedediah said...

I'm a bit paranoid about ticks, but I would brave them for this palce. It looks beautiful.

mrsnesbitt said...

A lovely visit! Love the bird! So colourful - was he warning you off?

Jesson And Rey Ann said...

very beautiful photo's really like it!

a lewis said...

Hi from across the pond.

You have some great pics here, I congratulate you.

Cheers:)

Alan

JOE TODD said...

Amazing what can be found close to home sometimes

Misty Dawn said...

Looks like you had a great and successful walk... minus the ticks and mosquitos.

Darla said...

ticks? yikes!

EG Wow said...

I'm glad you remembered the Deet, FG. Ticks? EW!

In spite of the pets, love exploring bogs and fens. We have quite a few near where I live. You photographed a neat dragonfly!

jeannette said...

The pic of the dragonfly is particularly attractive! Sounds like a great place to visit...when you're covered with something to ward off the pesky mosquitoes and ticks.

SaraG said...

Awesome photo's Tom
This is a beautiful place!!
Thanks for sharing.

Andree said...

I never knew there was a difference between a fen and a bog. We call our beaver bog a bog but now I know its a fen. But nobody here will ever call it a fen! Your red squirrel is SO different from ours. Yours looks like a skinny gray squirrel with a tawny coat! LOL

Great photos as always.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Andree: What some people call Red Squirrel are actually Fox Squirrel. The fox Squirrel is the size of a Gray Squirrel.

George said...

Thanks for educating me about a fen and for the wonderful pictures. You definitely got some great captures -- love the squirrel.

Anonymous said...

looks like a dream...oh..I would like to visit...
congrats
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blog with no name said...

The squirrel looks cool, like he's getting ready for a race. The little black bird can be found out here too, used to see them on the rez around the pond, just outside Tuba City.

Tipper said...

The pics you got-were worth the ticks and bug bites : )

Mary said...

I love the little red squirrel :-)