Edit on 20170817: The page in the title block has been removed and the link to the original article has been repaired. Lesson: Do it right the first time!
For some reason this post ended up in the title block. I know not why … and I don’t know how to fix it … except to put this link in:
20150814 Trip to Moose Lake …. some bugs and blossoms …. LINK
I hope that this works!
A fix put in on 20160619:
We saw a lot of late summer activity. Here are the highlights.
This grasshopper’s flight resembles a high speed butterfly. Study grasshoppers.
Keeping track of the photographer…
Last of the milkweed blossoms attracting bees and butterflies in need of nectar …
Pods are forming quickly ..
Yet another nectar source for the last of the Monarchs.
Jewelweed is a well known soother for poison ivy.
Joe pie weed flower head is an uncommon place for a grasshopper.
Joe pie weed just starting to bloom….
On of my favorite summer (and winter indoor) flowers … Pearly everlasting.
A source of nectar for this butterfly (duskywing skipper?)
Stowing proboscis prior to flight ….
Bumble bee visiting purple loosestrife …
This shows why purple loosestrife is considered to be an invasive specie in our wetlands:
After stopping for a “moose tracks” ice cream cone at Moose Lake Trading Post, I headed back to Britt and saw some towering clouds on the northern horizon….. the subject of yet another post to this blog.
On my trip home after the stop for an ice cream cone I noticed some towering clouds on the northern horizon. So I phoned my go-to meteorologist, Andrew, for some information. He reported the presence of some thunderheads in the vicinity and found one passing to the north east of Britt. I had planned to refuel in Britt but thought that I had enough gas for a short “storm chase”.
This is one of the images that he sent me, (which I got after arriving home).
It looked like these convective CBs were being stimulated by a weak cold front moving from NW to SE.
So I hurried north of Britthome and turned east on Hwy 522, where I caught up to one cell east of ESS Narrows. There I turned the truck around and took the following images looking south while returning to Hwy 69 (and gasoline!).
Although it was the angry clouds that caught my eye, the streaking (that can be seen in the enlarged version (click on the image) is also very interesting. The boundary between rain and non-rain can’t be that sharp! It’s the angle of the sunlight reflecting off of the raindrops that is causing those bright streaks. I’ve never noticed that before!
The dramatic light in these shots can be seen when clicking on the images….
See that bird riding the updrafts in the far part of the “V” above? (click twice.)
Uh, oh! ……
Storms are always invigorating, especially when chasing them with the fuel quantity indicator on “E”.