Monday, December 15, 2008

That's My World!

About ten miles northwest of Lincoln is Pawnee Lake State Recreational Area.

Pawnee Lake was completed in 1967 by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District as part of a larger part of a flood control project to protect Lincoln and surrounding communities. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission developed and maintains the recreational facilities and wildlife resources. Activities at Pawnee Lake include camping, boating, picnicking, swimming, hunting, trapping, fishing and hicking. There are five trails that range from .75 miles in length to 1.5 miles.

In this first photo there is a dead tree on the left side of the picture. It is a favorite spot for double-crested cormorants during spring and fall migrations. During the summer turkey vultures can often be seen there. They can't really be seen in this photo, but there were twelve turkey vultures in the tree when I took this photo.

larger image


This photo was taken on another day, but it shows the tree full of turkey vultures

larger image


One of the two swimming beaches is on the opposite shore in this photo

larger image


I've taken lots of butterfly pictures there. This is an Eastern tailed-blue

larger image


This is a Melissa Blue

larger image


Visit That's My World! for a tour around the world.

20 comments:

2sweetnsaxy said...

Looks like such a great spot and the butterflies are beautiful!!

Natural Moments said...

That's quite the collection of cormorants on that tree. Looks like a wonderful place to explore Nature and its life members.

fishing guy said...

Kayleen: What a neat view of your world and the vulture tree is rally something.

david mcmahon said...

I've never seen a butterfly that colour!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Holy Cow! I've never seen so many turkey vultures in one tree!

Ruth said...

What interesting pictures. Our turkey vultures have left for the winter and are frequently seen around our river. But I have never seen more than 6 together. That tree full of them is amazing!

Stacey Huston said...

Beautiful world you live in.. I love the tree of vultures.. very original.. thanks for sharing

JennWasHere said...

I love the butterfly shots!

If you have time, please have a look of my world here.

Guy D said...

Fantastic shots, thanks so much for the tour.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Arija said...

Your wildlife world is quite inspiring. A very nice post.

Reader Wil said...

Your world looks very nice, Kayleen. And the turkey vultures are very interesting.

Leora said...

Cool photos: the reflection in the water, the turkey vultures are totally awesome, beautiful butterflies.

Wren said...

That's a lot of vultures! I rather like them, in general, but I know that's not a universal sentiment. I hope people and birds have worked out peaceful coexistence.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Isn't the Corps of Engineers everywhere. They are a big player down here in Florida too, particularly south Florida. I'm a hydrologist and am constantly looking at those data sets, many of which the Corps produces. I'll have to check out the Pawnee a little bit more. Great first photo, with the reflection.

D Herrod said...

Like the butterflies.

ChrissyM said...

The butterflies are gorgeous!! What a great view of your world!

Kathiesbirds said...

What a nice view of your world today! I love the reflection in the first photo. Looks like a great place to bird!

ramblingwoods said...

You live in a beautiful area that I am happy to learn about..

Gaelyn said...

What a beautifull place to go play. Might not want to stop too long with all those vultures. The butterflies are exquisite. Very nice captures of your world.

The Tile Lady said...

Wonderful My World post! Loved all the photos! The close-up of the blue tailed butterfly was just gorgeous!

Marie