Friday, April 8, 2011

Government Shut Down?

I hadn't been able to get to the refuge this week, first our daughter was in town visiting, then there was helping my wife with her campaign.  In the midst of all that, I got sick and was bed ridden for two days.  Not knowing what would happen if Congress and the President couldn't reach an agreement on the 2011 budget, I figured I should get over to Great Meadows to check things out.

It was a cool morning.  Though I arrived about an hour after sunrise, there was still frost on the ground, and fog was slowly evaporating from on top of the impoundments.

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

A typical spring morning the clean, crisp air, was a pleasant tonic, for the way my body felt.  The Red-winged Blackbirds, were greeting the morning sun, serenading walkers along the path.

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

Some of the animals resembled our government. Each had established their position and was attacking anyone who tried to get in their way.  Rather than positions on the budget, the animals were driven by mating and nesting instincts.  Several times I saw aggressive Canada Geese attack and drive off others that wandered too close.
Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

I was fascinated as a pair of Mute Swans landed in the upper impoundment, attack and drove off another Mute Swan that had up to that point been peacefully enjoying the morning; just paddling and feeding.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

A few of the other highlights were enjoying the designs of the maple buds, the mass arrival of a large flock of geese, and the chipmunk who stopped running along a log for a brief moment to pose in the shaft of sunlight.

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110408 &emdash;

When I returned home, I learned how our federal government planned to handle the refuge during the shutdown.  In a bit of irony, the gates of a place where people can normally come on their own, walk and watch the animals with little or no "adult supervision" were going to be locked and access would be "prohibited".  I am glad that Congress finally reached a solution, because I wasn't looking forward to the ethical dilemma I would have faced to continue my project.

1 comment:

  1. Some fabulous 'shots', Larry...especially love the frosted lotus pods, wild goose chases, and swans heart pose with feather fan!

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