Lewis and Clark, Squaw Creek, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

When I took this silhouette photo I didn’t notice the heron had a companion.  Now I see there’s a turtle too, or is that an artfully contrived bump on a log?

Heron in silhouette, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Heron in silhouette, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

I nearly always stop by Squaw Creek when I’m visiting in the midwest. By the time I go back in the fall, there’ll be millions of migrating geese and other water fowl. When I went looking for more silhouettes this trip, these two plucky ducks offered themselves.

Ducks in silhouette, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Ducks in silhouette, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

As for Lewis and Clark, I grew up watching for these signs. Our explorers are pointing north and west, but when it came time for my own private Corps of Discovery, my route lay east, and I never got to follow them. This sign is just down the road a piece from Squaw Creek.

Louis and Clark Trail sign

Lewis and Clark Trail sign — we were looking for Big Lake. It’s just over yonder.

Meanwhile, I haven’t given up on downsizing, I just took a few vacation days. And I did take along some homework…

Care for some light airplane reading?

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Stuff – Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

 

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12 thoughts on “Lewis and Clark, Squaw Creek, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

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  2. I like to think that is a turtle beside the bird, its tail sticking VERY high up in the air 😀 It looks like big creek since it’s a popular hangout for birds some times during the year. It would be interesting if you stuck out a hand holding a piece of bread.

    • Funny, I saw the tail as the turtle’s head, a little buddy surveying the marsh with the heron. I wish I’d noticed at the time, I could have cleared this right up. There’s usually a large marsh with muskrat mounds and plenty of room for migrating geese, but a lot of the marsh is dry this summer, and only this one side is flooded. Thanks for commenting!

      • Maybe you are right. Maybe that was the turtle’s head. Who knows. Turtles are known to stretch out their necks long anyway. They may move slowly on land, but I think they sure know how to observe their surroundings carefully 🙂

      • There’s a place on the other side of the marsh where they often come out to sun themselves — they’re shy though, and dive back into the water if I try to get close enough to take a photo.

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