But First A Squirrel in Peril, aka Merkel FurnitureDictionary.com confirms that chipmunks are squirrels (albeit with Napoleon complexes). I nabbed a photo of this little fellow after he invaded Merkel Furniture in downtown Chelsea, MI. I felt bad for the critter. I can only assume store owners are not forgiving toward life forms that pee on the showroom floor (even if they are doing so out of primal fear).
Cinnamon Fern on the Bog Trail
I'm not sure why these are called "cinnamon" fern, though I am aware that a neighboring member of the class Filicinae has dibs on "Royal Fern." At any rate, the above is an early spring shot of said fern impersonating Childe Jake as he appeared in junior high school. Below is an image of the same cinnamon fern on a subsequent visit--this time it's impersonating Jake after he scored a lead role in his high school's spring musical.
My Favorite Overlook on the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail
If I'm mistaken, Crooked Lake is named after the hedge funds that its lakefront property owners made their money in. It is a gorgeous portion of Ice Age leftovers, even when one finds himself coveting the palatial homes along the shore. This view is from the Hickory Hills Trail--one of several trails originating at the Gerald Eddy Discovery Center in the Waterloo Recreation Area.
For some 2012 images from the Lowland and Bog Trails, click here.