Falcon’s Return

Falcon’s Return

Jul 25, 2014

  It’s late July, and I’ve arrived at my destination just in time to see the sun rise above the Mississippi River.  I’m perched atop the towering wall of a 350-foot, limestone cliff face overlooking the river.  Needless to say, the view is spectacular as the eastern horizon explodes into brilliant hues of orange and gold.  Although getting here...

Panic at Pike’s Peak

Panic at Pike’s Peak

Jul 21, 2014

    Pike’s Peak is one of Iowa’s best known state parks.  Offering clean campgrounds, spectacular views of the Mississippi River, and an interlinking  maze of beautiful woodland hiking trails; Pike’s Peak has something for everyone.  Last week, Carol and I decided to take advantage of the abnormally cool July weather and explore...

Summer Berries

Summer Berries

Jul 12, 2014

  It was a cold, late spring.  But the summer weather is heating up and at long last, this year’s crop of wild raspberries is coming on strong.  For my money, few treats taste better than a dish of vanilla ice cream covered in black raspberries at the end of a long,  hot day.  Competition is fierce.  Raspberries are loved by all; including...

No Respect!

No Respect!

Jul 12, 2014

  Comedian Rodney Dangerfield was best known for his trademark phrase, “I don’t get no respect.” I suspect that, if the lowly mulberry bush had feelings, it could relate.  Although few fruit bearing plants annually produce a more abundant crop, most people ignore or even scorn this tasty and nutritious wild edible.  Although there are...

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Predicts Strong Waterfowl Migration

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Predicts Strong Waterfowl Migration

Jul 12, 2014

   Lots of rainfall.  Lots of spring and summer ponds.  Lots of nesting ducks during 2014.  That’s the official summary for this year’s North American Breeding Duck and Habitat Survey released this week by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  From North Country lakes to the Gulf Coast bayous, the annual report spells good news for duck hunters...