We headed north on August 4 to attend a cousin's birthday party. We arrived in northern Ohio early enough to take a quick driving tour of our three favorite birding areas beside Lake Erie.
At Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, I made a bathroom stop and noted a flyer on the receptionist's desk describing the American Lotus. I had been calling all the flowers with the big leaves growing in the water waterlilies. But now I know American Lotus grows on stems that extends well above the water.
Tom took this photo from the van at Metzger Marsh.
We had a good time at the potluck birthday party but were chased back to our van by an approaching storm since we were sitting outside.
The next day we went to the annual Smith family reunion. I have a photo of me attending it when I was six years old. The reunion has been held at a variety of places...the farm of Lena and Charles Smith, and then the farms and homes of their children. For the last ten or twenty years it has been held at what most of us call "the Ratner cabin".
There is always a potluck dinner at noon. I didn't take a photo until most people had had dessert but you can see there is some left for the nibblers.
We old folks talk and talk and talk and look at photos from reunions of the past.
She also told me about this beautiful fungus on one of the trees. The fungi is close to the size of a soccer ball.