I don't know why it is, but do you ever notice how some grasshoppers, dragonflies, butterflies, etc are sometimes so wild you cannot get near them, but others, like the grasshopper above let me hold the phone about 4 or 5 inches away without hopping away. Look at his feet...aren't they an interesting color. As well as his back legs.
This sits in Mansfield, Indiana and is owned by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. It is open during The Covered Bridge Festival which lasts about 10 days, this year from October 11-20.
When the Festival is on, there is not room to move. Every empty space is filled with booths or taken up with parking. It is located in Parke County, with almost every little town having something going on. We went to Mansfield once and I swore never again. We even know the back way to get there.
Perched...do you use that term with turtles sitting on logs...or do you just call it sitting? The above has two turtles. It is hard to tell but the one behind is a turtle.
This is a pile of turtles...but I am not sure how many.
Again from the strip pit area. These were in the first strip pit we pass on the regular way we go in.
Kodak --The strip pit area is an area where strip mining was done for years. Strip mining is surface mining...sometimes it left shallow areas and sometimes deep pits. They fill with water. This place is changing. But for years we have enjoyed a variety of wild life: Ring-necked pheasants, Short-eared owls, Canada Geese, White Fronted Geese, a few Sandhill Cranes, Northern Harriers, Swans, Snow Geese. Other than the Sandhill Cranes, the ones previousl mentioned have been in abundance. And I am forgetting so much. We see different types of hawks, different types of water birds such as Northern Shoveler, Coots, Great Blue Heron...I even saw a Sora. Oh, and we saw one Osprey...we sea Bald Eagles fairly regularly. I am not sure how big you would call the area...
You would be better off clicking my label of Strip Pits to get a good idea...also my other blog has a lot of posts with things from the strip pits....