Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Hunt

The Snellman hill is looking pretty good, we didn't stop there, there is only one driveway and one approach. The traffic is horrendous but there are Slippers all up and down the hillside. It is nearing full bloom. I may go back, when I feel braver.
We stopped just east of there at a safer location, where there is a whole bunch of Slippers. This of course is on the same "Scenic Byway" where no thought was put into the natural wonders of the Showy Lady's Slippers, there could have been some turnouts along this road, some place of safety for people to stop, but everything scenic along this road is supposed to be viewed at 55 plus mph.
Deer Damage
We took off to the double secret place to check on the rare White Lady's Slippers, what we found was sad. The deer have been through this entire area munching away. We will have to wait a few days and go back and see if any of them survived being a salad bar. I was greatly disappointed, Mother Nature is sometimes a fickle friend.
I did see a deer, it may be totally inappropriate to think that every click of the shutter is a bullet headed their way. Minnesota needs to do something about the exploding deer population, they are already a health hazard with all the tick born diseases and then to top it all off they are eating the Slippers as a snack. Darn deer anyway.
 I was thankful for the Slippers that we found untouched by deer or humans.  The hunt continues:)

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful fotos of the nature where you live. That I love seeing. Thank you for sharing them.

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  2. Lovely photos, and I love the wild flowers, we have so many here too, just gorgeous to our sight, hugs Barbara

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  3. The deer population, the squirrels, the house sparrows -- all crowding out the more fragile denizens of the earth we live on. And you know that includes us humans, look at the Gulf Disaster. I shudder to think how many of the wild creatures are now gone forever.

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  4. That is sad that the deer got the rare flowers. I hope you will find some they missed when you look again.

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  5. Those are some very pretty flower pictures Connie. I hope you'll have another chance to get out and photograph some more.

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  6. I love lady's slippers and have never seen so many. Thanks for the photos.

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  7. Deers and rabbits just eat and there are to many of both.
    Patsy

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  8. Gorgeous wildflowers...I see why you love them so much!
    My sister-in-law lives in Duluth, right in the city and she said the deer population is so high there that she can keep hardly ANY flowers in her garden..they eat everything there!

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  9. Those ladyslippers are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks Connie!

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  10. I love the photos and the fact that you're watching out for the wildflowers. Where I grew up, we would see some yellow ladyslippers near a spring on the mountainside. It's nice to be reminded of that. Thanks!!

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  11. Cute deer - guess they have to live too!

    Love those wild slippers - just darling flowers!

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  12. You pictures are beautiful!! I also love you blog look!!

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  13. Oh wow, I almost missed this one. I guess I need to subscribe you to my email so I don't miss any of them. Great crop of slippers again this year.

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  14. Are there fewer hunters these days? Here at the Farm we don't notice the deer damage so much but our bane is coyotes. And the canada geese that eat a lot of pasture in one sitting.

    Those flowers are simply beautiful. I've been practicing seeing things at 55mph for nearly thirty years now, it is a hard skill to aquire.

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Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments! If you have a question I will try to answer it here. Connie