Couldn’t think of a good title…

Imagine a broken record, but with the break perfectly placed so that your favorite line of your favorite song repeats just as if the artist had recorded it that way. That’s what the weather has been like lately. Holy Moly! Why would anyone ever leave Wisconsin, right?

Oh yeah. I almost forgot.

Technically, these images aren’t from in Estabrook Park, and I don’t have any good winter pictures from there yet. Instead, they’re from a block east on Glendale Avenue. Just something to look forward to, eh? Actually, I like the winter here, and I expect that I will have some nice winter pictures from the park soon enough for you. (Shout out to Maren for helping with the shoveling and for posing for the picture!)

Anyway, back to the gorgeous here and now. My one new sighting in Estabrook for today is this pretty, native, late-summer wildflower, the blue cardinal flower, aka great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) growing in the shade along the now-closed road from the parkway down to the meadow and boat launch.

The river was pretty as well this morning, with a nice mist rising from the falls, but the beaver were nowhere that I could find. Maybe they’ll be back tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

One pretty little wood duck was still dabbling through the lily pads by the mudflats.

On the pond, the cormorant still reigns as the current apex predator, well except maybe for the snapping turtle, but I’ve seen no indications that the snapper is anywhere near as active. This morning the cormorant was willing to model a behavior I haven’t managed to photograph until now. This appears for all the world to be a great big yawn, perhaps instigate by my arrival with my camera yet again. It sure looks like this could be the call of the wild, but our hero has been quiet as a ghost so far.

I did see one deer on the soccer fields at the south end this morning, but none in the meadow at the north end. I did take a few pictures, but the light was pretty low, and the deer was pretty far away, so the images aren’t worth posting. Sorry about that. We’ve seen plenty of deer pictures anyway.

That’s it for today, and I hope you get a chance to enjoy this weather while it lasts!

Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic, and now, apparently, Amateur Naturalist. In any case, my day job is teaching mechanics at UWM.

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