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Spring Green Prairie and Otter Creek   4 comments

Last weekend Stephen Rose and I took our boys on another close-to-home road trip to see if we could find some reptiles and amphibians. Our first stop was Spring Green Prairie, a dry hillside full of Prickly Pear Cactus and, if you’re lucky, Box Turtles and Bull Snakes.

We walked along carefully, trying to spy a living creature, but didn’t have any luck. It’s a wonderful place though, with a landscape unlike any other in Wisconsin. I highly recommend you go check it out.

Our second stop was Otter Creek in the Baraboo Hills, a sure bet for frogs, creek bugs and wonderful plants. And sure enough, we found lots of frogs, lots of creek bugs, and lots of plants. I wish I knew the names of most of the things I’ve taken pictures of below, but I don’t.

Maybe my friend Stephen, or perhaps one of you, would be kind enough to post a comment if you know the name of something you see in the pictures below.

Spring is springing and it’s a great time to get out and explore.

It’s the regular season trout opener today too. For those of you heading out, good luck!

 

 

Spring Green Prairie

Spring Green Prairie

 

A Boring Insect found in a dead tree

A Boring Insect found in a dead tree

 

Spring Green Prairie

Spring Green Prairie

 

Four boys in a cave, Spring Green Prairie

Four boys in a cave, Spring Green Prairie

 

The Wisconsin River Valley

The Wisconsin River Valley

 

Boys in a big landscape

Boys in a big landscape

 

Flowers at Spring Green Prairie

Flowers at Spring Green Prairie

 

Shepard at Spring Green Prairie

Shepard at Spring Green Prairie

 

Prickly Pear Cactus, Spring Green Prairie

Prickly Pear Cactus, Spring Green Prairie

 

Skunk Cabbage, Otter Creek

Skunk Cabbage, Otter Creek

 

Wildflowers at Otter Creek

Wildflowers at Otter Creek

 

Shepard at Otter Creek

Shepard at Otter Creek

 

Sawyer in rubber pants at Otter Creek

Sawyer in rubber pants at Otter Creek

 

A frog, a trout, and a tadpole walk into a bar...

A frog, a trout, and a tadpole walk into a bar…

 

The boys share their findings at Otter Creek

The boys share their findings at Otter Creek

 

A juvenile predaceous diving beetle?

A juvenile predaceous diving beetle?

 

A wildflower at Otter Creek

A wildflower at Otter Creek

 

Otter Creek in the Baraboo Hills

Otter Creek in the Baraboo Hills

 

Big frog, Little frog

Big frog, Little frog

 

Shepard checks out the "kick net" full of creek bugs at Otter Creek

Shepard checks out the “kick net” full of creek bugs at Otter Creek

 

Pewitt’s Nest with the Boys   4 comments

Sunday, by all accounts, was a day everyone should have stayed inside. It was 34° and raining. A friend of mine cleaned out his gutters on Sunday, so I suppose you could do worse than taking a hike through the woods.

That’s where our troop was, tromping through the woods enjoying the sights and having a good time.

I hope you enjoy the photos!

 

Skillet Creek runs through the gorge at Pewitt's Nest

Skillet Creek runs through the gorge at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Pewitt's Nest pine bough

Pewitt’s Nest pine bough

 

Water drips off the limestone at Pewitt's Nest

Water drips off the limestone at Pewitt’s Nest

 

A crew of buddies in the woods at Pewitt's Nest

A crew of buddies in the woods at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Shepard on the slide at Pewitt's Nest

Shepard on the slide at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Sawyer on the Slide at Pewitt's Nest

Sawyer on the Slide at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Bode on the Slide at Pewitt's Nest

Bode on the Slide at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Heron and Joe on the Slide at Pewitt's Nest

Heron and Joe on the Slide at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Bracket Fungi reaching for the sky at Pewitt's Nest

Bracket Fungi reaching for the sky at Pewitt’s Nest

 

The work of large woodpeckers was everywhere at Pewitt's Nest

The work of large woodpeckers was everywhere at Pewitt’s Nest

 

Beautiful Brook Trout   3 comments

Here’s a shot of a Brook Trout I caught at Otter Creek last weekend.

Did you know Brook Trout are not, strictly speaking, Trout. They are a part of the Char Family. Fascinating!

Brook Trout in Otter Creek, Sauk County, WI

Brook Trout in Otter Creek, Sauk County, WI

Can Anyone name this Beautiful Spot?   5 comments

Hint: It is in Sauk County, Wisconsin…

 

An incredible spot in the Driftless of Wisconsin

An incredible spot in the Driftless of Wisconsin

 

 

 

Pewit’s Nest – Baraboo   1 comment

Yesterday, before watching the Packers beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, Stephen and I took our boys on a snowy hike to a State Natural Area called “Pewit’s Nest”, just west of Baraboo. The big draw is a waterfall that falls about 10 feet between a gorge that was formed during the last retreat of the glacier.


The Waterfall at Pewit's Nest

The Waterfall at Pewit's Nest



It looks lovely, doesn’t it? I’ m sure it is, and I look forward to seeing it someday.
But yesterday fate had other plans. The snow was generally 1-2 feet deep, so it was slow-going for our troupe. But in spite of the snow, we managed to have a good time and found a new place to explore.


Shepard, Sawyer, Bode, and Heron snacking near Skillet Creek

Shepard, Sawyer, Bode, and Heron snacking near Skillet Creek




 

Skillet Creek runs through the area and appears to be spring-fed as evidenced by areas of open water along its course. It was clear and beautiful, though shallow where the water was open.



Skillet Creek, Sauk County, WI

Skillet Creek, Sauk County, WI



 

Overturned river rocks hid lots of nymphal and larval insects in the process of growing. We also saw a few flies crawling around on the snow. If you’re interested in excellent photos of aquatic insects you should visit Joshua Bergan’s website.



Maybe one of you expert fly tyers can name this fly?

Maybe one of you expert fly tyers can name this fly?



The landscape carved out by Skillet Creek (or perhaps it was by the glacier?) is very pretty. It reminds me of the stream-side cliffs of Willow Creek in northeast Richland County. The cliffs are sandstone and are overhanging in many areas. Our boys enjoyed playing on the rocks.

Sawyer and Heron at Pewit's Nest
Sawyer and Heron at Pewit’s Nest


Shepard with his dog at Pewit's Nest

Shepard with his dog at Pewit's Nest



It seems very likely to me there are trout in Skillet Creek. It is not designated as trout water, but all the right  ingredients are there. Fast-moving, clear, fertile water, connected to the Baraboo River, which has several tributaries that are designated trout streams. I hope to find out this summer!


Pewit's Nest Locator Map

Pewit's Nest Locator Map