A Facebook message Sunday night put me on the water Monday morning.
It was from my nephew Darin Bramwell who lives in Virginia. He was in town and wondered if I knew of a good place to fish.
It was good to see my brother Roger’s son. We met at a local pit and before I had the boat ready, Darin caught two bass from the bank. He was using a four-inch Gary Yamamoto Sinko type worm in bubblegum color. The bubblegum angler put it on me, Darin caught six bass and I only three.
Tuesday afternoon I went berry picking behind the barn. The deep shaded black raspberries were ripe as were a few blackberries. This is the time where these two overlap. The two will become one in my next pie.
A cool breeze was blowing my hair and the sky to the west was turning dark. This was a great time to be outdoors.
Local butterfly expert Peggy Packard once asked me if I knew where there was a lot of milkweed. I did, picked some seed pods and gave them to her.
The monarch is on the decline because so much of the milkweed has been eradicated by herbicides. I find them in overgrown fields and briar patches; same place I find rabbits and blackberries.
You can learn about the monarch butterfly and ways to help conserve the species in a workshop at Ouabache State Park on July 28.
The program runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Participants will receive milkweed seeds and a monarch caterpillar to take home.
Participants should meet at the Campview Shelter in Campground A. Advance registration is encouraged by emailing jamstutz@dnr.IN.gov. A fee of $5 per person is due upon arrival.
Ouabache State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2975.htm) is at 4930 E. St. Rd. 201, Bluffton, 46714.