A Walk In The Meadow. When The World Is Sad Take A Walk. Look At The Beauty All Around. Wildflowers.
My Walk In The Meadow.
I love to take a walk in our meadow with my camera or my dogs. I see all kinds of interesting things, wildflowers and bugs. The meadow gets lots of butterflies and birds. Last week I had a deer looking at me just as I started into the meadow. My cat is usually trailing along behind me.
When you take a walk whether it's in a meadow, the woods or by a lake, you forget the world around you and start looking at the world in front of you. There's so much to look at.
It can be so relaxing and I enjoy hearing the bees buzz around. The birds are singing. I would like a small garden shed in the meadow where I can also plant more flowers.
One of the butterflies I have seen in the meadow is the Karner Blue butterfly it's on the endangered list. Their favorite food is wild lupine. I have bought the wild lupine seeds, but no luck with growing them.
We see the Monarch butterflies around. We have so many milkweeds and I know this is the food the monarchs like. I have tried to see their cocoons, but so far I just haven’t had any luck seeing any. I did get a picture of the monarch caterpillar on some of our milkweeds. Milkweed sap can be toxic so be careful if handling it. Don't get it in your eyes. If you do wash it out right away.
We also have raspberries, blackberries and apple trees in the meadow. I make a cobbler with the raspberries. We have also frozen some of the apples.
The deer like to bed down under the apple tree. Why not, eat, sleep and be merry all in one spot.
I was in the meadow one day with my dog. There was a partridge and she had little ones. The dog saw them and he started jumping at them I had to get him out of the meadow so he wouldn't kill the babies. He just wanted to play with them. If you knew this dog, he loves chicks, ducks and cats. I don't think he was going to harm them but by accident he could have stomped on them. They were so little. He was too big to let him keep jumping around.
One time he was in the meadow with me and I walked into the tall weeds, I'm not very tall. I could see the dog jumping straight up on all fours trying to see me over the top of the wildflowers. It was funny I didn't have my camera and would have loved to get a picture.
There's always the worry of running into a bear in the meadow. Like us, they love the meadow. On my bear hub, you can see them walking in the meadow. We also have a wolf coming into the meadow.
I don't know the name of all the weeds or wildflowers, just a few. Here're the pictures maybe some of you know the names. I guess they're more weeds than wildflowers. They sure aren't as pretty as my iris. I still love to look at them.
We now have a turkey in the meadow all by herself. We think she may have her nest there so hoping she does and I will be able to get a picture of her and her chicks.
Just a few feet past our meadow there is a swamp. The swamp also has many animals in it those often come out into the meadow. We have seen ducks, partridge, deer, bears, cougar, wolf, fox and some raccoons. We recently had geese in the meadow with their little ones I have a picture, by the time I ran outside to take the picture the geese were in the field across from our house. The meadow has a swamp behind it so we think the geese were in the swamp and came up through the meadow.
If you can get out to take a walk take your camera and take some pictures.
The meadow has truly saved my life this year. My husband passed away and at least I get some peace when I take that walk.
Milkweed is popular in the meadow. All the bugs love it. The butterflies really love. If you look at the first picture you will see the bees love it. It is so pretty when it blooms and then in the fall the pods break open and it has pretty fluffy seeds come out. If you break it open you will see the white milky nectar. Predators don't bother the Monarchs because they eat milkweed, it's poisonous to the predators. I wish I could bottle the smell I love the way it smells.
Thistle can grow 8 ft. tall. Many people don't like it and think it's just a weed which ruins their field and it's prickly so it hurts if you touch it. I love it and the butterflies love it. We use to have so much of it and then it died off. It grows back by reseeding itself. We have no idea why it died, but it is now coming back in our meadow. It has a purple flower and it's thorny. I don't touch it.
It is an edible plant. All parts of it can be eaten. It's used in many medications. It's in the daisy family. It isn't a useless wildflower.
Thistle is also the symbol of Scotland.
The butterflies love thistle. When weeding my garden I will find some of it in there. I do pull it out of my garden it has thorns and they hurt when you touch it.
The birds also love the meadow and hide down in the milkweed and thistle.
We have wild raspberries and wild blackberries. We like to pick them and make cobbler. We don't get enough for canning.
Bear In The Meadow.
The first picture is a wild daisy, the little white flower mixed in with the daisy is star chickweed and yellow pea. Yes, sometimes we do have bears in our meadow. They like to go there as much as we do.
Yellow flowers at the bottom are Blazing Star.
Yellow Salsify is the yellow flower and the big puff ball. My mother-in-law use to hair spray the puff balls so they would keep their shape and put them in arrangements. The puff ball is very beautiful it sparkles like glitter.
False Solomon's Seal the plant with the brownish berries. You don't want to eat these you will be running to the bathroom.
The Yellow-orange Fly Agaric mushroom is poisonous.
Take a walk in an English countryside.
After you have walked in my gardens and meadow take a little trip to England and walk in an English countryside. Movie Master would love your visit.
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A Walk In The Meadow. When The World Is Sad Take A Walk. Look At The Beauty All Around.