On the way to Great Meadows, more frustration. Getting stuck behind school buses stopping to pick up kids. Catching every light. Traffic is to heavy to get breakfast on the way.
Even at Great Meadows the frustration continued. Birds are singing by the Dike Trail, but they are in the shade, or backlight, or skittish. Just as I settle in to take some photos, yet another person comes walking / running by scaring the birds into the bush. How do these people know to space themselves out so evenly? There was a mild breeze...which made it frustrating to try to photograph flowers.
Needless to say, I wasn't in a fine mood and didn't think I was going to be getting good photos this morning...Ironically, that was true for most of my tramping around the refuge. However, there were two spots that yielded a rich vein of photography to be mined.
With all the rain we have had, the Concord River is swollen to spring flood levels. Water is still flowing into the impoundments. They are almost 6 feet above normal. The water pours in through the water control gates like a city storm drain during a heavy rain. The spillways are running the wrong way and water pours in.
The first "honey pot" was on the Cross Dike Trail by the bridge. With the raised water levels you have to use the bridge to cross the spillway between impoundments. The habituated Great Blue Heron had returned to one of his favorite fishing holes. As I got closer and closer, my 500mm lens became too much. Rather than deciding to hurry on, I stayed and focused on photographing portions of the bird and got some interesting shots. This helped ease my frustrations and get me in a mindset to enjoy the walk.
Unfortunately, I had to walk to the far side of the Upper Impoundment to find the second "honey pot". A lot of the flowers have started to die back. I found a patch of Goldenrod that was crawling with insects stocking up for fall.
As I wandered around the refuge, I did encounter a couple of old standbys. The Chickadees were out in force. The Marsh Wren came by so see what was making all that clicking noise while I was photographing the Great Blue Heron.
Once I decided to leave my frustrations behind, I decided to just enjoy the beautiful day. Who cares if there is anything to photograph? There will be very few days as wonderful as today, before winter arrives. Of course, as often the case, when you relax you start to find other interesting images. Here are a few of the "artsy" type images I found.