Nature Finds Along the Paul Bunyan Trail

The proud owner of a “new” used bike, I decided to check out 3-4 miles of the 110 mile Paul Bunyan Trail. I got on the trail at Lake Bemidji State Park and pedaled to the Mississippi River with my camera in my backpack.  I found lots of reasons to stop and pull it out. The most exciting for me was spotting a scarlet tanager. What a beautiful bird!

Red bird with blackHe even posed so I could get a good view of his tail feathers.

Red bird with black tail feathersWild flowers were also abundant along the trail, some familiar and some I had to look up. Here is a sampling.

dark lavender wildflower

Wild Bergamot

purple coned wildflower

Purple Prairie Clover

Light yellow wildflower

Goat’s Beard

Red wildflower

Joe-Pye Weed

The Paul Bunyan Trail crosses over the Mississippi River just before it enters Lake Bemidji. The bridge has some open areas that make for great wildlife viewing.View of Mississippi River

A family (mama and babies) of hooded merganzers showed up to entertain us. We didn’t see an adult male, whose striking colors stand out more than the bland browns and grays of the female. I do like her crest, however.hooded merganser duck with babies

Biking the Paul Bunyan Trail is a fine way to spend a summer morning in the great outdoors of northern Minnesota.

Paul Bunyan bike trail as it crosses the Mississippi River.

~ by Pinetree Photo Nature Discovery on July 13, 2012.

10 Responses to “Nature Finds Along the Paul Bunyan Trail”

  1. Beautiful pictures Carol! Maybe I’ll see you on the trail sometime this summer!

  2. Beautiful as always!

  3. Getting the bike is a great idea. Lovely nature discoveries for your photo journal. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful shot of the the scarlet tanager.

  4. Love the Scarlet Tanager. Joe-Pye weed as well. Do you have iron weed there too?

  5. “Wow”! when I saw the Scarlet Tanager. I find that birds do occaisionally pose but become impatient as we try to get our best shots. I will bring my bike next summer . . . should we do the 110?

  6. Great shot of the tanager. Had a western tanager in our campground last Spring but too quick to get a shot. Beautiful! Good job!

  7. You were so very lucky to see the tananger, Carol. I am happy for you. And thanks for sharing that with the rest of us.

  8. Outstanding photographs Carol!

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