On Wednesday, we decided to drive over to
Tamarac NWR, and do the Blackbird Wildlife Trail,
which is a self guided driving tour. . .
imagine our surprise as we came around a curve,
and discovered a Buffalo Traffic Jam. . .
really? In Minnesota? we had no idea. . .
come to find out. . .a herd had gotten loose
from the local Buffalo Ranch,
and had been wandering the refuge for about a week. . .
for more info, more pics, and the unfolding story
check out Judy’s Blog. . .Travels With Emma. . .
There’s a good possibility the buffalo will come to a sad end
if they are not corralled soon. . .
on to the refuge we go where it is our great privilege to see
these Trumpeter Swans with their signet. . .
I love the way my photo looks. . .almost like a watercolor painting
from needing to zoom in from such a long way. . .
we loved the observation platform at Blackbird Lake,
and spent quite a long time there just observing stuff. . .
but nothing exciting enough to show you. . .LOL!
We’ve arrived too late for the Spring Wildlife. . .
and too early for the Fall Wildlife. . .such is our planning
what can I say?
So, that was about it for our exciting Wednesday. . .
Today, Thursday, we drove back over to Tamarac,
for our “official” guided tour with fellow RV’er,
Blogger, and amazing volunteer. . .Judy.
Since we were the only ones who showed up,
we felt very special to have Judy’s undivided attention. . .
wish I had thought to get a pic of Dave opening and closing gates. . .
since, on the guided tour, you get to go to places not open to the public. . .
These are the things we saw. . .as I said. . .it’s high summer. . .
an Osprey nest. . .last week they were still there. . .this week. . .soronora. . .goodbye!
the “teenagers” Trumpeter Swan group hanging out on Flathead Lake. . .
Judy explained that they don’t begin producing young until they are about three years old. . .
this is where they hang out together until they get “lucky” (my words. . .not Judy’s. . .LOL!)
this was a Chippewa Burial Ground up on a knoll. . .
the Spirit Houses, though collapsed,
are still totally visible. . .
the small triangle is where the spirit of the beloved escaped. . .
a garter snake needed to get across the road. . .
my very favorite thing of the day. . .
this beautiful Monarch Butterfly. . .isn’t it divine?
loved the black capped chickadees that visited
just outside the window of the motorhome. . .
We invited Judy and her Co-Volunteers, Bridget and John
over for fajitas in the afternoon. . .
After we ate and visited, and they were getting ready to leave. . .
we remembered. . .oh. . .pictures. . .so. . .there ya go. . .
What a wonderful, wonderful day for the memory bank. . .
We head out in the morning. . .
See ya next time in North Dakota. . .
Janice and Dave