Some days you have to search hard to find a photographic subject. But every so often there is a rare day where while you are photographing one interesting subject, another interesting subject tries to distract you. Today was one of those rare days.
The day started with a little warm up photography with the American Lotus.
Moving down the Dike Trail it was on to Monarch butterflies, which were feeding on the Milkweed plants. Milkweed is key to the Monarch's life cycle. They lay their eggs in the milkweed, they live on the milkweed during their caterpillar and chrysalis stages.
Moving along the path dragonflies, moths and other insects were abundantly represented.
At the far corner of the lower impoundment hummingbirds were feasting on the primrose. By this time it was almost noon. Most photographers would have been home, uploading their photos. Thankfully, the sun was at the correct angle to brightly light the birds while providing fast shutter speeds to help freeze the wings.
On many days, I would be trying to weave together the following collection of photos to form a story. Today, they wouldn't make the editorial cut. Since later this week I will be taking a week off from this project, I decided to include them to help tide you through that dry spell.
Along the road to the maintenance barn
Turkey with young along the old railroad bed
Goldfinches fighting over primrose
Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird
Crow with food scared from the drainage canal
Chipmunk stretching for food
Young snapping turtle