I'm sure I have written about Kleb Woods before, it's one of my favorite places. We are so lucky to have it close by.
The trails are easy so I headed off, looking for the marsh and bird blind I had visited before. After swatting at mosquitoes for about half an hour, and not finding the bird blind -- note to management... more signage on that side of the woods would be a help -- I headed back over to the more familiar Nature Center and spent an hour walking around there, watching birds and other critters.
I know many people consider squirrels a nuisance, especially in the garden, but I find them delightful. We used to get a lot in our garden, when we were surrounded by trees. Perhaps we will again one day as the trees in the neighborhood grow and mature. I hope so. I miss the lil guys.
The area around the nature center is always inspiration for my own wildlife garden. Their Hamelia Patens is shoulder tall in summer (unlike mine, which didn't get over a foot tall this year) and I'd like to know what they are feeding this Turk's Cap. It's humongous!! (Although to be fair, this is two plants)
I don't know if they ever open up the house to visitors, but you can look in the windows and see it's furnished and decorated as it was when Elmer Kleb lived here.
The story of Elmer Kleb and how the Nature Preserve came to be is quite intriguing. You can read more about it here.
As I was getting ready to leave, I spotted movement out of the corner of my eye and was delighted to see this grey fox (at least I think that's what it is)
He let me get quite close and take some photos before he trotted off into the brush.
All in all, a very enjoyable afternoon in the woods. I'm looking forward to doing it again soon.
Linking this post with Camera Critters today.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.