As I prepared to enter the trail, I noticed a painted turtle along the shoulder of the road, slowly attempting to cross. It is common to see turtles attempting to cross roads this time of year and sadly many are hit while doing so. I could see which direction this turtle was headed and so I moved it to the other side safely off the road.
|The turtle pulled into its shell when I came over.|
|Safely on the other side of the road.|
With my turtle transporting complete, I headed off along the trail. The wind was blowing fairly strong at this point and the turkey vultures were some of the first birds I saw soaring on the wind currents.
|Turkey vultures against the clouds. I could have cropped the image, but I liked the look of the immense size of the sky.|
|This photo of a viceroy was taken a couple years ago near Erieau Ontario. Note the vertical black stripe on the bottom wing that can set it apart from monarchs.|
The milkweed along the trail was ready for the monarchs whenever they do arrive.