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Powder Valley

Last weekend, we went to the Powder Valley Conservation Center....

powder valley 210410


The one piece of dramatic action was something I didn't get on camera, but more of that later. There were plenty of leaves that made lovely patterns:


leaves silhouette 210410



At the Center itself, we saw two RATTLESNAKES on display. One was the

OSAGE COPPERHEAD:

osage copperhead venomous 210410

The other one was a

MISSOURI RATTLESNAKE:

missouri rattlesnake 210410


Here's that deadly-sounding rattle:

rattle 210410

Right after this, in the leaf-clutter outside the Center, a rattlesnake came slithering towards the nest of a wren, and the wren started fighting the snake fearlessly! The fight only ended when one of the Center employees saw what was happening, and slowly headed the snake away into the leaf litter. For that day, at least, the wren's eggs were safe! Alas, I never got this riveting drama...another chance to become a NatGeo videographer gone!


However, in the Center itself, there were several interesting exhibits, including this one where the visitor could, quite literally, look through a fish-eye lens! (or two of them!)


looking through fish face 210410


Here's the trail we took, but with KTB to feed, and push, we really didn't do much at all.


trail 210410


Here's the happy family on a bridge:

DnAnK on the bridge 210410

Most of the time, my camera was not in use, but I did get this cute-looking

TUFTED TITMOUSE:

tufted titmouse 210410


And a couple of GOLDFINCHES:


goldfinch 210410


golfinch male 210410

I was fortunate to see this BEAVER:

beaver 210410

and a

SKUNK (Thanks, Dakini and Pelar Rani... it wasn't putting out The Smell or I'd have id'd it properly):

badger 210410


This tree-trunk had a lovely "X" design!


trunk x-design 210410

And I liked this web of some kind of ORB SPIDER:


spider web 210410

Several common wildflowers made the path very pretty:


lily like flowers 210410

The stream looked cool and inviting, but was probably too cold!

stream powder valley 210410

Since it was a weekday getaway, we didn't spend much time there, but got back; but still, it was a lovely interlude...even the leaves of small plants, sometimes, had lovely shapes.

pentagon leaves 210410
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