I think my favorite family of flowering plants has to be the Heath Family, because of it's diverse plant types, useful fruits and generally small but beautiful flowers. The Latin name for this family is Ericaceae, which is derived from the Greek ereike, which means, loosely "heather". Members of the Heath Family can be found … Continue reading The Perfect Flower Family
I found a patch of giant dandelions behind my workplace yesterday so I picked some, with the intention of experimenting with various ways to use the plant. I perused a few recipes and came up with this one for breakfast this morning. Fry 2 strips of bacon, remove all but 1 tsp grease. Lightly sauté … Continue reading Egg Scramble with Dandelion Greens, Ramps and Bacon
Adeline, Annie and I ventured down to the St. Croix River at Raspberry Landing to take a walk in the forest. We took a lot of pictures.
I encountered a couple of Turkey Vultures cleaning up an old deer carcass in a farm field near Cushing WI the other day. All part of the Circle of Life!
My mother is visiting this weekend so she and I took a trip south on the River Road along the St. Croix River. (with a quick detour in through Fish Lake Wildlife Area) in search of wildflowers and birds. We found some nice flowers and a few good birds. Here are my flower shots (taken … Continue reading Wildflower Adventure
Today on the way home from Wildwood Glen we encountered a snake on East Refuge Road in Crex Meadows Wildlife Area. I stopped next to it, thinking it had been hit by a car. It was lying on its back, but would twist and turn back to its "front". I have seen Eastern Hognose Snakes … Continue reading Master Bluffer
Spring is the time to harvest ramps, or wild onions, and this recipe is a good one to highlight their savory garlicky onion flavor. I cooked some of the wild rice that I harvested last fall and added some sliced mushrooms and wild ramps to create a flavorful side dish that paired well with grilled … Continue reading Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Ramps