Last weekend Stephen Rose and I took our boys on another close-to-home road trip to see if we could find some reptiles and amphibians. Our first stop was Spring Green Prairie, a dry hillside full of Prickly Pear Cactus and, if you’re lucky, Box Turtles and Bull Snakes.
We walked along carefully, trying to spy a living creature, but didn’t have any luck. It’s a wonderful place though, with a landscape unlike any other in Wisconsin. I highly recommend you go check it out.
Our second stop was Otter Creek in the Baraboo Hills, a sure bet for frogs, creek bugs and wonderful plants. And sure enough, we found lots of frogs, lots of creek bugs, and lots of plants. I wish I knew the names of most of the things I’ve taken pictures of below, but I don’t.
Maybe my friend Stephen, or perhaps one of you, would be kind enough to post a comment if you know the name of something you see in the pictures below.
Spring is springing and it’s a great time to get out and explore.
It’s the regular season trout opener today too. For those of you heading out, good luck!
Spring Green Prairie
A Boring Insect found in a dead tree
Spring Green Prairie
Four boys in a cave, Spring Green Prairie
The Wisconsin River Valley
Boys in a big landscape
Flowers at Spring Green Prairie
Shepard at Spring Green Prairie
Prickly Pear Cactus, Spring Green Prairie
Skunk Cabbage, Otter Creek
Wildflowers at Otter Creek
Shepard at Otter Creek
Sawyer in rubber pants at Otter Creek
A frog, a trout, and a tadpole walk into a bar…
The boys share their findings at Otter Creek
A juvenile predaceous diving beetle?
A wildflower at Otter Creek
Otter Creek in the Baraboo Hills
Big frog, Little frog
Shepard checks out the “kick net” full of creek bugs at Otter Creek
A picture says a thousand words. An animated .gif says, perhaps, ten-thousand words?
Stephen and I went up to the southern slope of the Baraboo Hills yesterday and fish one of our favorite spots, Otter Creek. The fish weren’t cooperative, but it was a glorious morning and we both enjoyed being back in the forest.
As you can see, Stephen’s casting hasn’t suffered at all. He did struggle to remember how to tie a blood knot, but I explained that he had only just learned that knot earlier this summer, and struggled with it then. The hike got him breathing a bit and he told me on the way back to the car that he was experiencing an endorphin rush. Cool!
Otter Creek in Sauk County, Wisconsin
Jewel Weed blossoms on Otter Creek, Sauk County, Wisconsin
Lobelia Cardinalis – Stephen told me so…
Later in the afternoon a gaggle of friends gathered at Wingra Park for a “last day of summer” picnic. Courtney and Brian, the Balsleys, the Cookes, the Anderson-Browns, and Stephen Rose and his son Heron all got together for grilled sausages, chips, fruit, beers (and sparkling mineral water), and lots of fun.
Brian broke out the frisbees and guess who can throw the frisbee like a laserbeam?
Stephen Rose (with his son Heron in the blue shorts) at Wingra Park, September 3, 2012
Here’s a shot of a Brook Trout I caught at Otter Creek last weekend.
Did you know Brook Trout are not, strictly speaking, Trout. They are a part of the Char Family. Fascinating!
Brook Trout in Otter Creek, Sauk County, WI