|One of the many picturesque trails running throughout this preserve.|
|This steep sided ditch has water running through it. |
I was glad to see that ALL the water in Indiana hadn't yet dried up!
My family is full of anticipation for the opportunity to collect the season's first haul of ripe black raspberries. Soon...
|Wild Black Raspberries. Give these another week or so and Dygert Preserve will have some very happy birds and critters!|
|I didn't see him at first, but this cluster of flowers is providing a smorgasbord for a tiny beetle. (He is near the lower right of the cluster.)|
|This Giant Swallowtail butterfly appreciates a helping of the Stiff Dogwood as well.|
Our own rumbling tummies kept us painfully aware of the evidence of eating going on around us.
|This Red Admiral butterfly enjoys a sip of Prairie Fleabane nectar.|
|These squiggly whitish lines are created as the larvae of a leaf mining insect eat their way through the interior of the plant's leaves.|
|The bark of this Ash tree has been ripped away by birds desperately seeking to make a meal of the Emerald Ash Borer insects inside.|
|The Emerald Ash Borer has eaten his fill of this tree. This small D shaped opening is his exit hole.|
|Even this tree appears to be eating a strand of barbed wire. Yum.|
|Stinging Nettles are covered with tiny hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on its leaves and stems. These hairs act like hypodermic needles, injecting histamine and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation upon contact with skin. |
|Evelynn poured her bottle of water out onto a mound of turned up soil, and mixed it to make thick mud. |
She then rubbed the mud onto her itchy, burning, nettle infested legs.
|The theory is that as the mud dries, it shrinks and pulls those little nettle stingers out of the skin.|
At this point Evelynn wanted no more to do with nettles, mud, or even hiking with her dear old mom. And still hungry (make that ravished with abominable appetite!) she was ready to eat anything she could find. And that included sucking the nectar from the florets plucked off the head of this Red Clover. I remember doing this when I was her age.
We eventually ended our hike, and even though she says she will no longer be my outdoor adventure partner, I think Evelynn will find it hard to stay away. Especially if she knows there will be Red Clover available!
|Red Clover can be used in many ways, for many reasons.|