Photo a Day Challenge

Bubolz Nature Preserve

Blown Away

Blown Away

Withered leaves will soon be blown away as new buds burst into bloom.


One

One

One pine cone


I’m Walkin’

I'm Walkin'

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.


Days Like These

Days Like These

Warm sunshine and a symphony of forest sounds greeted us this April morning at Bubolz Nature Preserve.


Waiting For The Sun

Waiting For The Sun

Thick morning fog at Bubolz Nature Preserve


Days

Days

The last days of autumn before the winter snow.


Slip Sliding Away

Slip Sliding Away

 

Cross country skiing will find us slip sliding away through the quiet beauty of a winter forest.


Glossy

Glossy

 

A dragonfly’s double pair of transparent wings are veined and glossy.


Crisp

Crisp

 

The lifted fog revealed a clear trail that offered the crisp fresh air, smells, sounds and sights of nature’s early autumn.

 


Bush

Bush

 

Early morning fog mutes the autumnal red of sumac.


Fog

Fog

 

Autumnal fog at Bubolz Nature Preserve.


Daybreak

After daybreak the misty fog lifted, and we were treated to a warm, clear day.


Crooked

A now quiet stream had carved a crooked, irregular shoreline along our path.

 


Accidental

An accidental encounter with this little fellow elicited an “eeek!”  from Lois.

 


Luscious

Bird-luscious berries were left on  dew dropped  branches.


Ghostly

Some wind blown trees imparted a spooky, ghostly impression as we passed by.

 


Misty

An early morning mist accompanied us on our walk through Bubolz Nature Preserve.

 


Shadows

Mottled shadows decorate an overturned rowboat at Bubolz Nature Preserve.

 

 

 


Treasure

Nature emerged as a golden treasure trove through our TR3 windscreen when we arrived at Bubolz Nature Preserve.

 

 


Liquid

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!”

 


Fluffy

We continue to receive new fluffy snowfalls which refresh the branches and base, keeping them clean and white.

 


Crooked

A pair of crooked trees serve as a portal into the cedar forest.


Bench

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.


School

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.