Meandering at the marsh on a sunny Saturday.

“Best get while the gettin’s good!”  You know those wise words – you’ve likely heard that advice before.  Well, finally – five weeks after I originally intended to get out to Lake Erie Metropark – I finally made it.  The original day back in June was cool and crisp, but who knows what next weekend’s weather will bring? 

So, off I went to “un-muddy” my head and gaze into the murky marshland waters.  Unbelievably, I’ve not been here since Spring when there was ice over the cement pathway and snow along the Cherry Island Marsh trail.

The sun was high in the sky when I arrived and it was already 77 F (25 C) when I stepped out of the car at the Marshlands Museum.  I could have used those cooler temps from just a few days ago and I knew some serious wilting would take place before too long.

I parked by these bulrushes and Black-Eyed Susans and decided this would be my first photo of the day.  As I gazed at that flower you see up top, I thought its petals resembled Ol’ Sol’s rays.

Just as I focused on the flowers, as if on cue, a beautiful butterfly alighted on a twig right in front of me.  I believe it is a Viceroy butterfly which greatly resembles a Monarch butterfly. 

While taking that picture, something blue flitted past my eyes – it was a dragonfly and it perched daintily on a feathery Phragmites plant.  The slight breeze kept making this tall reed wave gently to and fro and the dragonfly, which I have identified as a “Blue Dasher”, was holding on for dear life.  (Either that or he was practicing yoga and doing sun salutations?)  

Well, I was fascinated with the up-close visit with this lovely creature and I lingered on, snapping more pictures (lucky it was digital images and not film, because my entertainment allowance would be shot for the next month).  Of course all the images looked alike when I got home, so I had to winnow them down to these few.

I finally moved on from my filmy little friend, albeit reluctantly, and I  swear that critter followed me, because when I stopped at the flower garden in front of the museum, there he/she was again, asking to have another photo taken, so I was happy to oblige.

Today I heard about the grasshoppers that have descended on Las Vegas this week.  I have to admit that I was at Lake Erie Metropark many times in the Summer of 2018 and never saw a single dragonfly and, as I walked through the marshy areas today, these Blue Dashers were everywhere. 

Along the way

Next I went to see Luc, the resident eagle.  I chatted it up with him a bit and was glad to see his breakfast of white rabbit on a tree stump had not yet arrived. 

I then decided to walk the one-mile Cherry Island Marsh Trail, and to reach it I had to wend my way down to the boat launch area to begin that hike. 

For months, I’ve been hearing about all the lakeshore flooding at the Lake Erie shoreline, so I had no real expectations of hiking that trail as it runs parallel to the shoreline, and it likely was underwater.  However, I took the red vinyl boots along to christen them on the hiking trail, or at Cove Point, figuring I was no quitter.  I’d also heard that the algae bloom was supposed to be very bad in this venue. 

Well, let me tell you that those news stories were spot on.

The lagoon areas were saturated with algae bloom.  It encompassed large portions of the marsh.  I didn’t even see any ducks swimming in the areas where all the water and reeds were – who could blame them, as that green crud looked thick as mud?

What areas of the lagoons were not covered in green algae, were thick with invasive miniature water lilies called frog-bit.

Last year, there were tiny frogs sitting on the frog-bit water lilies and they blended right in.  There were no frogs today, just a croc.

Yes, you read that correctly! 

I did see a croc – why wouldn’t I?  After all, recently in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon, a five-foot alligator was enjoying the peace and solitude the lagoon provided him, and even had his own Twitter account (https://twitter.com/humboldtgator) with 2,700 plus followers.  Unfortunately he was captured and now  lives in Florida at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

Well, okay … I’ll confess that it was not a real croc, but a single croc of a pair of Crocs™ footwear.

Yes, I might have already been out in the sun way too long to have taken these pictures and shared them here. 

I was lucky to spot a Great Blue Heron taking in the sights in one of the lagoons.

Then I was alarmed to see just how many red leaves are already on the trees …

… and a substantial amount of leaves were on the wooden overlook across the dike.

Whew – it was getting warm and I finally made it down to the marina.

On the waterfront.

Down by the boat launch area is where you begin the Cherry Island Marsh Trail … er, where you used to begin it, when it was not all muddy.  A glance at the entrance of the trail, with its orange cones stationed at the beginning, was all I needed to know.  Should I venture anyway?  Along came a man and woman with their Golden Retriever and they decided to sidestep the puddles and walk through all that mud … no worries for them, but I planted myself there to see how quickly they returned … about two minutes and they were back.

It had been a significant, not to mention steamy, trek to get to the boat launch area, so I decided to hang out there in the shade for a bit.  I came upon a gaggle of Canada Geese who were grazing near the seawall.  They took one look at me and their radar went up – they all pointed in the same direction … toward the water.It had been a significant, not to mention steamy, trek to get to the boat launch area, so I decided to hang out there in the shade for a bit.  

One-by-one they plopped into chilly Lake Erie, a mass exodus from little old me.  “Oh guys – I know you are missing your flight feathers, but really – I am not a predator at all, I merely want your photo”  That didn’t matter to them.  And the last hangers-on were reluctant to take that plunge into Lake Erie, where the algae is not as plentiful, but it’s still a little funky looking.  They stood there contemplating whether to stay or go.   You can see I must have really terrorized them, because their reluctance and nasty looks at me says it all.

Usually there are lots of seagulls for photo ops, but there was only one juvenile seagull.  I inched closer to him, admiring his spots and black tail and while speaking softly to him, I got this picture, then he flew off in a huff, squawking his disgust with me being the reason for his hasty departure.

I wandered around the boat launch area and decided my trip was knot for naught.

I then made the long trek back to the car to drive to Cove Point.

I had been looking forward to seeing the lovely water lotus beds and I believed my trip had coordinated perfectly with their peak blooming time (mid-July through August), so I was quite surprised to find out there were no blooms at all. You can read about the lovely lotuses here in last year’s post if you’d like, just in case I don’t make it back again this Summer. 

I struggled to get the six miles in as the day wore on and it was 81 when I stepped back into the car.   But I got ‘er done and will write about the rest of my day in a subsequent post.

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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64 Responses to Meandering at the marsh on a sunny Saturday.

  1. You had many adventures today!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Yes – there was lots to see there Anne but not as much as on a normal Summer trek. I’m hoping to get back there to view the water lotuses before they die off – last year I walked with the “Coffee Club” group of walkers on Labor Day weekend and the lotuses were still blooming as much as they had the first time I saw them. The water was so high that many of the shoreline park benches are right in the water. I took some photos but the post was already long and so I didn’t include them.

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  2. What a day! I love all the beautiful flowers that are blooming now. We took my grandson and mother in law on a metro parks train ride today (almost 4 hours long). All the wild flowers were just gorgeous! I can’t believe all of the critters you saw and that Croc…….scary!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Diane – I was so surprised to see no water lotuses given our tropical temps for the last month – that surprised me, but maybe all the flooding affected their bloom time this year. That train trip sounds wonderful – I wish we had that here but maybe they have it in the larger Metroparks that are in the northern suburbs. I know they have deer and many types of birds, including raptors and owls in the bigger parks. I did see some pretty wildflowers too including some orange flowers that I wasn’t sure what they were. I was fascinated with the dragonflies. I never saw any last year and we don’t have them at Council Point Park. Yes, the Croc … scary indeed, but I think he wouldn’t have climbed out and bitten me – whew!

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  3. John says:

    Great post and many wonderful picture Linda!😊 I haven´t manage to take any picture of any dragonfly this year and your picture is so nice.Th Great blue heron is quite like the Grey heron that we have here in Sweden.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      John – Thank you – glad you liked it I was thinking of you when I saw the dragonflies as I remembered you had many posts showing these delightful creatures in the past. And I never remember seeing them here last Summer. I just started going to this Park at 4th of July in 2018 but was there about five times in the Summer months, never saw a single one. And these were just the blue color and I remember yours were different colors. I think that heron waded out there because it was just by some reeds, not perched on anything that I could tell. He was the only critter in the algae-ridden marsh except for the barn swallows darting about and the dragonflies – ducks sure couldn’t paddle in that mucky green mess on the lagoons.

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  4. susieshy45 says:

    Linda
    You did have many adventures today and so much wildlife. Loved the yellow flowers- to be honest, I thought they were a sunflower( first picture). The words about the croc scared me until you showed us the picture of the “poor lonely blue croc”. I am glad you took a day out for yourself and for us.
    Susie

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  5. lindasschaub says:

    I did have some adventures Susie and I hope to get back there again this Summer to see those lotuses blooming as they are a beautiful sight. I think even if we never had another drop of rain, the soggy and muddy trails and offshore flooding would still be there for the rest of this Summer. And, not only were there messy trails, you have to be careful of mosquitoes and ticks. When I originally planned this trip (the day the garage door was broken and I couldn’t get my car out), it was cool and crisp and I had on a long-sleeved shirt and long pants to be tucked into my boots once I arrived. I intended to go on every trail, soggy or not. But that could not happen yesterday as it was very not and humid – even with vinyl boots, there were pools of stagnant water everywhere and we have mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile Virus, so I didn’t go on the trail, but stayed where it was dry and more open. Every park that is near water has suffered the same fate this year and once again, I will likely hold off visiting some of the bigger parks until next year due to flooding/mosquitoes/ticks or at least wait for Fall. (That’s what I said last year by the way – I think we can thank global warming for our lousy Spring/Summer rain and heat.)

    Glad I gave you a laugh with the croc – if that alligator hadn’t been in the lagoon in Chicago recently, I would have just passed it by, but I had some fun with it, since this was a similar lagoon. The sunflowers are usually around mid-August around here, unless they bloom earlier this year due to the extreme heat and tropical-like temps we have had here in the last month. They look similar to Black-Eyed Susans, but much bigger flowers, sometimes the size of a dinner plate and they have the middle or “pan” which is the place where the seeds grow. I grew sunflowers one year, the Russian Mammoth variety, and I was looking forward to when the seeds were ripe and getting goldfinch and cardinals, even blue jays visiting the backyard. But the flower was ten feet tall and spindly, and the flower head was so heavy, that the weight of it caused the stem to fold in half and it broke off … I went into the backyard to find squirrels on the grass feasting on the seeds. This is a post I did awhile ago about my sunflowers – I saw some sunflowers during a walk, so went to my old pictures and included some of my own pics. I also was growing some smaller sunflowers on the back patio in pots – they grew big and I got some visits from goldfinches. https://lindaschaubblog.net/2017/08/20/sunday-sunflowers/

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  6. ruthsoaper says:

    So glad you got out and enjoyed this beautiful summer weather. Dragon flies are probably my favorite insect – they come in many beautiful colors and they are fun to watch. I’ll often have one hitch a ride on my arm while I’m floating around the pond.
    The croc is hilarious, Linda. I wonder if someone left it there intentionally.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventures.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I was glad too Ruth, even if it was very hot out – with this Summer and last, beggars can’t be choosers. I remembered you said recently when I relayed the story of the butterfly on my shoulder, about the dragon flies sitting on your arm while you’re in the inner tube. They were so delicate looking – no wonder you like them.

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  7. We had some issues with algae on our tiny pond this year too. It wasn’t as bad as public ponds/lakes/waterways. We have a water filtering system with a UV light that kills algae but it never eliminates it all. As always great pictures.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Kate, glad you liked the pictures. For some reason the algae bloom was to be very bad as this park this year – maybe something to do with lakeshore flooding? Lake Erie wasn’t as bad as the lagoons which were a solid layer of algae. Along the shoreline, the flooding was so bad that the park benches were in the water instead of along the shoreline.

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  8. Shelley says:

    Love the close-ups you’ve captured. That dragonfly was smitten with you! I’m so happy to read that you were able to get 6 miles in. Oh, and I love the crock you captured, too – very funny ;-)!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      That dragonfly was hanging on for dear life as the Phragmites were waving in the breeze – if not for the breeze, it would have been really horribly hot. I came home with so many pictures of it – many were blurry as I was too close. At one point I just grabbed the plant to stop it from waving back and forth and settle down. 🙂 Glad you liked that – I walked past it and decided it was technically in the lagoon so I’d have fun with it.

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      • Shelley says:

        LOL – I’ve grabbed plants too to stop them from waving so I can get a photo. It doesn’t always work, I’m so used to holding my camera with both hands. Yes, I enjoyed your witty humor in the post!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, it was difficult as I needed both hands and unbelievably, after four weeks, I was having issues holding onto the grip bar properly as my finger was curled around it to hang on. My fingernail is still purplish in spots.

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      • Shelley says:

        Aw, I still think you must’ve broken it, that’s a long time for healing. Mr. did something like that and his finger is still numb in the area where he broke it. I feel for you!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I didn’t realize that happened to Mr. too – yes, it is still numb and it’s been 4 1/2 weeks but I am happy the nail didn’t fall off. While it still hurts, I think about how far I’ve come since the panels jammed my finger on June 28th and in that respect, it looks pretty good.

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      • Shelley says:

        He smashed it inbetween two logs, luckily he didn’t lose the finger. Yeah, it takes a long time to heal. Glad it is feeling better for you.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Wow – did he break/fracture it or just a bad bruise? He sure is lucky Shelley. Our tenant at work has a cabin in Marquette, way up in the Upper Peninsula. He built a log cabin up there years ago. Last year he was using a woodchipper, something got wedged inside it and he didn’t turn it off properly and it severed three fingers. The cabin is way out in the sticks and his wife drove him to the hospital – they re-attached the fingers but the nerves were damaged and he has trouble typing now. He is an attorney but does not have a secretary, does all his own typing. It’s been a real hardship for him.

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      • Shelley says:

        He never went in, just bandaged it up himself. Stubborn guy who doesn’t love doctors. Yikes, that’s scary for your tenant. I hear the voice recognition software helps?! John, over at TheSoundofOneHandTyping may have some advice on what might work?!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I was thinking of getting that for long documents – I will check it out … I am having problems with my wireless. I am afraid to reboot the modem in case it fizzles out and hopefully the big project is out the door tomorrow. I don’t like doctors either as you know – too many bad experiences for my mom. It is just 5 weeks tomorrow since I did it, so maybe it is too soon yet.

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      • Shelley says:

        Let me know if the software works. I haven’t looked at it for a really long time. I would think it has been too long for a doctor to do anything more for your finger than you’re doing yourself. It will heal, it might not be perfect like Mr.’s now that remains numb in spots, but it healed the best the body could do on its own.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, I had looked into it before then decided to wait until I got the Windows 10 laptop set up and running. With all the distractions and things going wrong, I have not contacted the computer tech to finish the “permissions” to get into my desktop. I turn it on every few weeks to do updates but can’t go further than web-based e-mail. It is not loaded with Office 365 yet either. I need it for work as well as for the laptop itself as the system often goes down. I thought it would be a great idea though – I will let you know. Yes, Mr. and I had our reluctance to go see a doctor – hopefully we don’t regret that decision the rest of our lives.

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      • Shelley says:

        Keep me posted!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I will – I had thought of it way back when I had the arm pain to not have to be sitting so long in front of the screen. But I wanted to wait until after I converted over to Windows 10 on the current laptops.

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  9. I really LOVED the beautiful pictures you shared.The amazing pictures you took of the butterfly and dragonfly are absolute incredible . I also enjoyed reading this post. I really hope the ickyness of the pond clear up soon because it takes away from the beauty. I hope the last part of your weekend is very enjoyable! Take Care Sweetie!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Alyssa – glad you liked the pictures. I was lucky to be there for both the butterfly and the dragonfly, both who were nice enough to pose for me. I hope that ickyness clears up too – I don’t know how the waterfowl can survive if they can’t find food beneath the algae bloom, let alone paddle in it. You enjoy the rest of your day as well Alyssa.

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  10. Laurie says:

    Nature is a wonderful place to “un-muddy” your head. It’s where I always go. You have a bunch of really great photos, Linda. The black-eyed Susan is so pretty! And I can not imagine getting a dragonfly to sit still long enough to snap pictures like you did. Great “croc” find. In Michigan, no less! Too bad you didn’t see any frogs. That looks like the perfect spot to find them.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Laurie – glad you liked them. Walking or running in nature is a wonderful escape. I was feeling pretty lucky with that big butterfly and then the dragonfly came along. It was breezy where I was standing and I kept expecting it to just fly away – nope, he/she was content to stay there, clinging to the Phragmities reed. Glad you liked my “croc” find – that photo op was too fun to pass up. I’m guessing someone on the wooden walkway had their Croc slide right off into the water. That would be me – I would not be coordinated with backless shoes. 🙂 There was a lot of those little lime-green frogs sitting on the frog-bit last year. They blended in perfectly!

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      • Laurie says:

        I never thought about that scenario, but you’re probably right. Someone had to limp home in one shoe! 🙂

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, and it looks like an adult-sized shoe too Laurie. Unless they “planted” it there? We have our fourth alligator swimming in waters near where I live. They are not big alligators, but big enough with that!

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      • Laurie says:

        Yikes! Be careful and stay away from the shorelines!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, I’d like to go back but wavering on whether to go – I am limited where to go this year because of the flooding, and muddiness and I saw some pea gravel they put on one of the trails, but not everywhere and some of the other parks are marshes like this one so you run the risk of mosquitoes and ticks. This is the second Summer that I’ve not gotten the treks in that are on my “Trek Bucket List” … in fact I like that idea for a blog post down the line – we are having a nice weekend, but I have to be mindful of concerts in the parks and events that close off part of the park or make it difficult to get near. That happened last Saturday when I wanted to go to Elizabeth Park – they have a jazz fest this weekend, but something was happening there last weekend and they don’t have an active Facebook page and are a county park and no info is posted unless it is in the local online newspaper. I could not get in until noon with the car and nowhere to park for miles around and it was already really hot.

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      • Laurie says:

        I like that idea of a blog post too. I would be interested in reading about your bucket list! 🙂

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I like the idea too Laurie – so many of the treks have been cancelled simply because of the soggy or muddy grounds – the boots worked, but not conducive to long walks in them. I wanted to hit all the Metroparks in my county last year already, but we kept having rain every weekend, now everything is just plain flooded from all the Spring rain. The water levels are higher than they have been in decades. And I was trying to get the fawn photos and there was a swampy area behind where they were. The flies and mosquitoes were everywhere and I was swatting away. I got the fawn photos and got out of there before the bugs ate me alive. You could do a Run Bucket List.

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  11. Joni says:

    I’m glad to see you got a good dose of nature this weekend, even if it was hot and muggy. I loved the blue dragonfly, (I’ve never seen one), but those red/fallen leaves are scary – will we have an early fall? I just finished drafting a blog on our high water levels and beach erosion, and did a bit of research on the Great Lake flooding etc. Not sure if I will put it up this week as I need to go back and take more pictures, but it is sad to see – we have lost most of the sand on the beach I used to go to., but I think erosion and high water levels seem to be a problem all over.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Joni – I really did need it to just get away but it was too bad the water lotuses were not in bloom. The weather is so iffy anymore that I would hope I would get back there before Labor Day and see them, so that’s why I included last year’s. They are huge and have leaves as big as an elephant ear. That is the first time to see and photograph a dragonfly and they were everywhere and that one stayed there for the longest time and never moved. The water levels at Lake Erie Metropark are a record high level and at Council Point Park too. I’ve taken several photos of the cement landing which is totally covered over from all the rain and I’ve not written the post yet to use the pictures. I have several blog posts bubbling around in my head to go with pictures I’ve taken the last few weeks. I had a short post I wanted to do about a ground hog and hopefully I can get that done this week with my work schedule. At Lake Erie Metropark some park benches are sitting in the water near the shoreline. I have lost my Wi-fi connection 5X while responding to this comment. It goes off/on and this happened last night at the same time. That likely is the next issue to deal with.

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  12. AJ says:

    6 miles in such a beautiful spot makes for a great start to the day!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      It was a pretty venue – I felt badly about the flooding and the muddy spots and I’ll try to go back to see the water lotuses – I didn’t think I’d make it to 6 miles due to the heat – it was a scorcher!

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  13. Eliza says:

    I enjoyed your pictures- didn’t actually read it today. You know, I can’t comment and let you think I read it all through when I didn’t. Either way loved seeing that you posted and the variety of pictures- all the kinds. Love, light and glitter

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Eliza – I am the same way … and some of mine are so long that you probably took a look at it and said “now this is something that will take me as long as it takes to make, brew and enjoy a cup of tea.” Yes, I was lucky to see so many critters considering it was hot out. I had another park to visit but they didn’t open the park until noon as they had a concert or something – I usually kept track of concerts at parks where I go and I won’t go that day as too many people kind of spoil the nature experience, but when my computer had its computer disk failure I am using the old computer and it is not handy to retrieve stuff I’ve saved anymore … so I knew there was a concert next Saturday, forgot about this past Saturday. Oh well. Hopefully August is better – no expectations for good weather though. Love, light and glitter back at you Eliza.

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      • Eliza says:

        Your computer disk failed???
        I enjoy reading your posts. Am just behind in reader ;). I need some headspace. Finishing work this week so after that will have time. Unless I go away.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, I did a routine update in Windows 7 and I did it while I was at work and when it was done and reconfigured, I could not get back into work (remote all the way to my desktop). I had to swap laptops and I don’t have on a lot of stuff that is on the other laptop – like my walking log is a good example. I need to make a flash drive of the whole computer and just bring the stuff over that way but have not done it … it happened two weeks ago tomorrow but have not taken the time to do it – today I worked until 7:45 and started earlier, but the plumbers finished their job last night and were available to put in the hot water tank today instead. So I was distracted by that so had to stay late to finish this time-sensitive project. You will have all the time in the world for a while and it must be a wonderful feeling.

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      • Eliza says:

        Maybe the tech guy can come in and fix it up for you.
        I’m looking forward to the time!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I was almost thinking of taking it to a computer store because of this disk failure – I was not sure if doing the conversion to Windows 10 with its problem might be problematic … going to make a decision when we are done with this all this work. You have deserved it – for sewing the bag alone!!! Enjoy, sleep in later and go for some walks, read some books while you have more free time Eliza.

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      • Eliza says:

        I read books every weekend – when I can’t really do anything else. I’ll definitely read more in the holidays, I’m not sure if I’ll find enough books to read!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Do you read them on an e-reader or actual books you buy or get from the library Eliza?

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      • Eliza says:

        Actual books that I buy or get from the library.

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      • Eliza says:

        I hope you get some nice brighter weather

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Thanks Eliza – we have a storm tonight (they say) and a cold front that will bring nice temps – cooler and no humidity, I hope it last to the weekend, at least one day of it anyway. So far Saturday will be good.

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  14. Pam Lazos says:

    That’s where I left my croc!

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  15. Prior... says:

    this was such a well done post! laughing pretty good with the croc shoe – and your humor –
    and I have been to the Florida alligator farm many times – so that is a fun home for real ones (and fun about the twitter account)
    the algae is bad at some of our lakes too –
    and enjoyed the photos from the butterfly to the marsh to the ropes –

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad you enjoyed this post and photos and got a smile as well out of it Yvette. I could not pass up that croc shoe without taking a picture of it, especially after the alligator who was happily living in the Chicago lagoon just a week or so before. That alligator farm sounds like a fun place to visit. I’ve been swamped at work and am so behind posting here and visiting Reader. I am going to pick through some pictures as I saw a groundhog the other day and got a closer shot of it – usually he runs into the brush, but he was eating leaves … then maybe I could do a short post. People nicknamed him “Chance the Snapper” (after Chance the Rapper”). It helped break up the monotony of the heat wave and this oddball Summer weather we have been having.

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  16. clarejk2014 says:

    I love those pictures of the dragonfly. They’re such beautiful creatures. 🙂

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Clare – I enjoyed that outing, even though it was really hot, but we’ve been very busy at work and I’ve worked late every evening to try to catch up and still get my morning walk in. That was the first time I’d seen one up close – so delicate and they were all over the marsh that day.

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  17. Mackenzie says:

    GASP! You did see a croc, huh?! Hehe. I thought of you yesterday on my walk- I saw a little mouse, some turtles AND a swan!! The wildlife around here seems more diverse than what I saw in CA. I’m excited to share like you do- all your nature pics bring me so much joy!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      First off, I am glad you are getting a little breather form school and can enjoy the local nature. I had pictured it being so hot there, that you’d likely just see lizards – boy, did I stereotype Texas! Do you remember Mike Posner, the singer who is walking across the U.S.? He had passed 1,600 and was in Colorado and was bitten yesterday by a baby rattlesnake. He had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital for anti-venom – he is okay, but has to stay in the hospital for a few days and it out of commission for a few weeks. Scary!

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