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Thursday, July 7, 2016

7/6/16 Branch Lake

Upper 80's predicted again so we got an early start and got our hike in before it got above 80. The start on the tote road had lots of deer flies and I was ready to give up until we got in the woods and there were none. Apparently they like the sunny open areas. I have patches that go on the back of a cap to trap them but have never figured a way to help Kelley. I have tried rigging patches but they won't stay put and as soon as she gets in the water they are useless. Found a spray that was supposed to repel them but it was ineffective so I just end up grabbing and squashing them.

Little pool before we got to the lake.

The lake shore is rocky and brushy, so we have to look for places Kelley can get into the lake. We did pretty well.

There were not a lot of flowers so, a clover

 and an unknown variety

On the way back Kelley found another little pool in the woods but couldn't find a way out and I had to help her out. Muddy.

This is a very tight crop and grainy - I didn't bring my long macro and couldn't get close - but I have had so few butterflies this year I'm posting it anyway.

Other than the deer flies, a pretty good hike. Kelley did well and was enthusiastic. 1  1/2 hours


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    1. Thank you Linda - a bit grainy because of the large crop but I liked it too

  2. That yellow one could possibly be King Devil-a member of the daisy family.
    Beautiful outing. The rocks in the water for somm odd reason looked like hippos to me-LOL!

    1. I think you are correct- I am used to the orange variety we call hawkweed. Your hippo image is funny.

  3. That yellow one (unknown variety) is real pretty.

    1. Thanks for your comment. Another reader identified it as King Devil - called hawkweed here


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