Things I Haven’t Photographed Before And The Reasons Why

It’s possible I MIGHT have shown a picture of the field shown above, but if I did, it wasn’t in the state it is now. Just a couple days ago it was a field of tall prairie grasses, prairie weeds, and prairie bushes. Now it’s a field of ashes and charred sticks.

Obviously it was a controlled burn and I’m sure there was a legitimate scientific purpose behind it. My non-scientific mind doesn’t understand that kind of stuff, but I do know that when a forest burns it provides for a bigger, better, and stronger forest. Maybe that’s true for prairies too.

All I know is that I might not have even noticed the burned field had it not been for the SMELL. No doubt, the fire had been set sometime in the last 24 hours, because it still reeked of something like blackened thistles, cigarette butts, and possibly animal hair. I really hope gophers and other rodents were able to escape the inferno, but I know that is probably an unrealistic hope.

Flint Hills Resources provide the land for this prairie preserve. That’s the least the Koch Brothers could do after years of emitting fumes and smoke from their oil refinery ten miles to the west for all these years.

I never took a picture of this cheese shop before. I have nothing against fresh Wisconsin cheese. But i have a whole lot against a Wisconsin cheese store displaying a Green Bay Packer logo here in Minnesota Vikings territory.

I never took a picture of The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong sitting on a gigantic Adirondack chair before because, frankly, I never thought of lifting him up there before.

I’ve taken a couple pictures of Black Lives Matter signs, but this is my first Stop Asian Hate sign.

A couple of days ago I showed a video of a flock of pelicans. Today is the first time I’ve taken picture of a pelican couple. Cute, yes?

Speaking of aquatic bird life, this is the first picture I’ve ever taken of real live flamingos. They are definitely not native to Minnesota, so I was amazed to see a few dozen of them grazing on somebody’s lawn. I didn’t see one other flamingo the rest of the day. I can only assume that homeowner scattered Purina Flamingo Chow all over his yard.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

2 response to "Things I Haven’t Photographed Before And The Reasons Why"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 7, 2021

    I’ve wondered too about the animals in a burn area, hopefully they can either escape or stay in their burrows?
    Speaking of . . . . how are the eggs doing by now?

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