APril 9, 2010
Friday afternoon led me to two state natural areas (SNA); one in the Riverway and one close by. I first visited the Ferry Bluff State Natural Area near
As we continued to Ferry Bluff, the blood root was in full bloom creating splashes of brilliant white here and there. Upon reaching the summit of Ferry Bluff, several turkey vultures performed an aerial ballet right in front of us. What a sight! So graceful, barely moving a feather as they soared on the air currents, iridescent plumage shining in the spring sunshine. We watched in silent adoration at their skill and beauty for almost a ½ hour. The eagle nest upstream of Ferry Bluff looks to be in use again this year as a white head appeared to be on the nest. As a group of three young men approached, it was time to leave but not before a last long look at the Baraboo Hills, the twin villages and the beautiful river.
The next stop was Parfrey’s Glen near Devil’s
After just a few steps on the trail, we began to see a myriad of wildflowers: Dutchman’s breeches, skunk cabbage, hepatica, marsh marigold, blood root. The babbling of the brook was music to the ears. We also saw a strange brownish, plant or mushroom or toadstool that I have never seen before.
The damage from flooding was readily apparent but the walk was pleasant. Time didn’t allow us to reach all the way to the end of the gorge but that will leave a good excuse for another trip to Parfrey’s Glen. As we headed back to Muscoda in the setting sun, we agreed it was a good day all around. Ah, yes, spring in
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