Withered leaves will soon be blown away as new buds burst into bloom.
One pine cone
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
Warm sunshine and a symphony of forest sounds greeted us this April morning at Bubolz Nature Preserve.
Thick morning fog at Bubolz Nature Preserve
The last days of autumn before the winter snow.
Cross country skiing will find us slip sliding away through the quiet beauty of a winter forest.
A dragonfly’s double pair of transparent wings are veined and glossy.
The lifted fog revealed a clear trail that offered the crisp fresh air, smells, sounds and sights of nature’s early autumn.
Early morning fog mutes the autumnal red of sumac.
Autumnal fog at Bubolz Nature Preserve.
After daybreak the misty fog lifted, and we were treated to a warm, clear day.
A now quiet stream had carved a crooked, irregular shoreline along our path.
An accidental encounter with this little fellow elicited an “eeek!” from Lois.
Bird-luscious berries were left on dew dropped branches.
Some wind blown trees imparted a spooky, ghostly impression as we passed by.
An early morning mist accompanied us on our walk through Bubolz Nature Preserve.
Mottled shadows decorate an overturned rowboat at Bubolz Nature Preserve.
Nature emerged as a golden treasure trove through our TR3 windscreen when we arrived at Bubolz Nature Preserve.
Maple trees were tapped and buckets hung in the Bubolz Nature Preserve during the first week of March. We missed the culminating event when the Sap was to be collected, turned into syrup and offered over ice cream on the last day of March. We found numerous buckets still collecting sap on our hike through the trails ten days later. The owner of this bucket appears to subscribe to the philosophy which states, “Presentation is everything!”
We continue to receive new fluffy snowfalls which refresh the branches and base, keeping them clean and white.
A pair of crooked trees serve as a portal into the cedar forest.
A lonely bench awaits the company of a weary skier on a trail curve at the Bubolz Nature Preserve on the outskirts of Appleton WI. The preserve has eight miles of ski trails through a mature cedar forest.
This authentic log schoolhouse was first constructed at Franklin Elementary School in Appleton, WI with donated materials and labor to celebrate America’s Bicentennial. Twenty years later the schoolhouse was moved to a more natural setting at Bubolz Nature Perserve in Appleton where it was repaired and updated. It is still used by schoolchildren to experience early Wisconsin education including the 3 Rs taught by costumed teachers. A pointed dunce cap sits in a corner awaiting an unruly child.