Sunday, June 14, 2009

Nature Adventure

On Saturday the sun came out. We packed up Fiona and Brodie and headed to Lake Nokomis to eat some ice cream and walk around.

While we were on our walk we came across a furry caterpillar. I think it was a Spiny Elm Caterpillar, the larva of the mourning cloak butterfly. Fiona thought it was very funny when I showed it to her, and really wanted to eat it!

When looking for a description of the caterpillar we found, I came across a site with information on caterpillars that sting (and some that don't). It seems that the general rule is that the more crazy it looks, the more likely it is to sting, but in general if you're stung, it's probably not going to cause much of a reaction. If you would like to see pictures of some really wacky caterpillars, check them out here!

A little bit further round the lake a toad jumped out in front of Brodie. He desperately wanted to chase it, but we saved it.

Then not long after that, we spotted this Heron (at least, I'm pretty sure it's a Heron!). According to NPR (where I get all of my trivia) there's quite a large Heron population at Lake Nokomis. They're huge, and very impressive, and I always enjoy spotting them.

I tried to sneak up on it to take a closer picture, but it flew off. You can see here that its wings touched the water with the first few flaps after it started flying (remember to click to see a bigger picture).

Fiona seemed to enjoy the walk, and seeing the different creatures along the way, but most of all she liked relaxing in the stroller and watching all the different dogs walk by.

That's the life!

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