Monday, September 26, 2011

Lake Superior Big Top, Amnicon Falls, Hawk Ridge Observatory, and a Monarch butterfly

We drove to Bayfield on Saturday, Sept. 10 to meet my parents, who departed New Jersey on Sept. 6 to drive to Wisconsin for a visit. We went to the Lake Superior Big Top season finale Saturday evening. Wisconsin author Michael Perry was the host for the evening. What a great story teller and sense of humor! He had the entire audience in stitches at times throughout the night. (See the "Michael Perry on Wisconsin 101" video that we posted on YouTube.) The Blue Canvas Orchestra, a very talented group of musicians, also performed as well as an an actor who specializes in pantomine, Gayle Lajoye.

We headed to Amnicon Falls State Park on Sunday, where we camped for the night. Went on a short hike with my parents and their dog, Willow, early in the day and then Mike and I went on a longer hike at dusk.

Just before our evening hike, Mike had an amazing encounter with a Monarch butterfly who chose to alight on his hand three separate times and then stayed there for at least 15 minutes, long enough for me to capture a number of images.

On Monday, we visited the Hawk Ridge Observatory in Duluth to see what raptors might be flying through on their migration south. Saw a bunch of sharp-shinned hawks and a couple of bald eagles.
Some banded birds were released while we were there, including this Northern Harrier.

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