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Friday, August 19, 2016

8/18/16 Branch Lake

Supposed to get to 85 today and so we headed for the coast. I wasn't enthusiastic about the long drive and so we stopped at Branch Lake which was much closer ( it was only 70 degrees at that point).

Right at the start two butterflies - I have seen few this year.

White Admiral

Viceroy - thought I had my first Monarch of the year but when I looked on the computer saw it was the mimic

The first little stream still had water

But when we came to the larger stream it was dry.

Where's the water?

In the lake

We went to the point where the loop heads away from the lake and turned around. We had been looking for the canoe launch indicated on the map and never found it. Looking up the lake we could see what looked like canoes so we decided to check it out. This involved bushwhacking off the trail for awhile and Kelley was not very enthusiastic. What we came to was someone's house. The man was outside and surprised to see us but introduced himself and was very nice - said no one else had ever come through there and congratulated us.  He had a different map which showed the launch in a slightly different spot. Kelley wandered off and found lake access .When  she returned we headed back the way we had come.

A section of bog bridge on the way back.

Another little pool

Tiny flower - about 1/2 inch across.

A little adventure with some unexpected aspects. Kelley did well and there were very few bugs. 80 when we got back to the car and it would reach 85 a little later. 2 hours 


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you - have seen few this year

  2. Well, now I have to look up butterflies, because I sure thought that was a Monarch!
    Great pics, John. Guess you got extra exercise with the bushwacking!
    Have a great weekend.

    1. Hi Sue - great mimic - Monarchs don't have the dark band across the hind wings. Good weekend to you too.

  3. That look of contentment on Kelley's face is priceless..

    1. Thanks penbayman - she does like the water


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