27 April 2010

A Walk in the Woods 4-27-10

Today was truly glorious, sunny with great billowy clouds and around 65 degrees. My idea of heaven.

Been trying to get things put together here at the ranch. Lots to do in the spring. Hooked up the solar gate and got the old lawn tractor operational. It takes me about four and a half hours to mow my "lawn". Chopped wood for an hour and decided it was time to play.

Off to the woods we went. Had my second wildflower siting. But, I don't know what it is. I find that when I try to identify flowers from other people's photos they look nothing like mine. If anyone knows what these are please chime in.

Sure is handy that I live in the Kootanai National Forest because all I have to do to get there is walk out my front gate. It never ceases to amaze me how you can walk the same path thousands of times and still come up with new things to observe. Today I found two interesting gentlemen. This first one was embedded in a burl. To me the design looks like a forest troll. You have to get your face away from your computer screen to really be able to see it.

Wood Troll by Kinsey Barnard
Wood Troll by Kinsey Barnard

The second fellow I found was in some Ponderosa bark. He looks like a one-eyed jack to me. Not too handsome, very grumpy but interesting nonetheless. He looks like he's having a bad day maybe. Again, lean back.

One Eyed Jack by Kinsey Barnard
One Eyed Jack by Kinsey Barnard

This last photo is another of my rock designs. Make that Nature's rock designs. This one is kind of ethereal. It looks to me as though it could have been taken whilst skin diving i.e. underwater. I'm sure it was underwater at one time.

Far and Away by Kinsey Barnard
Far and Away by Kinsey Barnard

This last image a friend sent to me. Goodness but does it make me nostalgic. Seems the prices of things have gone up ten times whilst the quality is one tenth. Man what I wouldn't give for a 1950's diner hamburger and chocolate shake!

Well, that sums up this day. It was another winner!

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Dave said...

That is a shooting star, Dodecatheon pulchellum, of which there are a number of varieties. It is in the primrose family. Here is a link to it in the Plants database, which is a tool I helped develop at its very earliest stages. It's much more refined now. http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=DOPUP2 I recommend that you get the Audubon Guidebooks for wildflowers, birds, animals, and things like that. They are designed for the layman. I had forgotten this particular flower, and if it weren't for the guidebooks, I wouldn't have found the ID.

Dave said...

Your photos of wood patterns are outstanding. Nature has beauty hidden everywhere. That kind is one of my favorites.

chum said...

Wow beautiful,
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Kinsey Barnard said...

Thanks Chum!