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Hocking Hills

In the early part of this week, Paul & I spent a couple of days in Hocking Hills, Ohio.  There is a state park there with some beautiful areas with hiking trails.  We had a great time during our little getaway!

This area is called Old Man’s Cave.

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The “Lower Falls.”

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The “Upper Falls.”

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Paul being dramatic.  🙂

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This is the “Devil’s Bathtub.”  It really did look like a bathtub!

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The water swirls through that “tub” and then continues down through a narrow opening.

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This is “Ash Cave.”  It is much bigger than the photos make it look.

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Native American used to enjoy hanging out here.  And settlers later made gunpowder here.

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This is the little cabin we stayed in.

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Quite a few deer visited us at the feeding station outside our window.

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It was great to sit in the Jacuzzi after a day of hiking.

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It was a one-room cabin other than the bathroom.  So cozy!

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The kitchenette.

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We had a great time during our little getaway!

Simpson Park 1

Lately, Paul & I have been trying to take a walk every evening.  One evening last week, we decided to drive to Simpson Park to walk there, instead of walking around the neighborhood blocks like usual.

Knowing that there would be lots of flowers there, I naturally took my camera along.  🙂

Here are some chives from the herb garden area:

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Unknown flower:

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Another unknown flower:

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Yet another unknown flower:

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Let me know if you can ID these mystery flowers!

And stay tuned for more flowers tomorrow.

Butterfly 3

As promised, here is one more post of butterfly photos taken at Frederick Meijer Gardens.

We saw a wonderful variety of butterflies.

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I love the look of this pink and navy butterfly.  Notice the second butterfly in the background.

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This butterfly is nearly all black.

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In this photo, you can see the butterfly’s “tongue!”  (Do butterflies have tongues?)

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Breathtaking.  I could probably boost the colors of this photo in photoshop, but I also like the way it looks kind of dreamy SOOC (straight out of camera).

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Two in one shot.

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And concludes my collection of butterfly photos from our visit to the Frederick Meijer Gardens last month.  Although we didn’t stay there very long, it was well worth the trip in my opinion!

Butterfly 2

Here are more butterfly photos, following up on yesterday’s blog post.

Today’s blog post features all the same butterfly.  He was staying put so nicely on this flower, so I managed to get quick a few nice shots of him.

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Getting closer…

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View from the side…

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What beautiful little creatures butterflies are!

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It was so nice of this little butterfly to let me get nice and close with my camera.  I love seeing the detail on the wings.

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Stay tuned for one more post of butterfly photos, coming your way tomorrow.

Butterfly 1

Has the suspense built enough yet?  LOL  🙂

Here are some long-awaited butterfly photos:

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I love how the light is shining through this butterfly’s wings.

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I chased this little black n’ pink butterfly for a little while.

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The wings look pretty both from the side and from the top.

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ZOOM!  Here comes trouble.

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Stay tuned for another installment of butterfly pictures from Frederick Meijer Gardens tomorrow.