Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Quick Lap

The weather has been grey and rainy.  It was Easter weekend.  My mother-in-law is visiting.  So many reasons for not being able to get over to Great Meadows.  Today while doing yard work, the day kept getting warmer.  The sun burst through the clouds and it turned into a beautiful day.

To reward myself for a day of work well done, I decided to run over to Great Meadows to for the approach of evening and the setting sun.  As I arrived, the wind picked up significantly, changed from the Northeast and turned cold.

It was a typical spring day at Great Meadows.  The Canada Geese coming, going, eating, and nesting.  A Great Blue Heron was fishing.  Muskrats were all, feeding.



Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

As I continued around the impoundment, I happened upon a pair of Wood Ducks preening in the reeds.  Usually Wood Ducks are very skittish, but these stayed for a brief moment, before flying away.  Unfortunately, the combination of setting sun and flying bird meant that the flight photos were going to be a trade off between motion blur of the wings and lack of focus due to depth of field.  I like them anyways; probably since I have so few good Wood Duck photos.  They are pretty birds.


Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

Continuing my journey around the lower impoundment, I stopped by my favorite snag to see if the Tree Swallows were there.  They weren't, but a Downy Woodpecker was.



Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

The light of the setting sun light started to dance across the landscape.  I am always drawn to the blues and golden color of the cat tails.  Unfortunately, the sun soon retreated behind a cloud never to return this day.



Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

I had three interesting encounters to end my day.  First this carp was trying to migrate across the spillway into the impoundment.  Second was listening to woman, with whom I shared the walk back to the parking lot, describing how she she enjoyed the refuge this evening.  She had stopped by for a dose of natural tranquility as a tonic to her very stressful day.  Third, I encountered a Yellow Warbler in the bushes near the kiosk. 



Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110426 &emdash;

1 comment:

  1. I like the setting for the yellow warbler. Nice contrast.

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