Monday, September 19, 2011

Potpourri

It was a cold crisp autumn morning as I arrived at Great Meadows. Summer shorts have been put one side in favor of pants and a windbreaker. Every visit there are more signs that summer is passing and fall has has begun to arrive.

The cool temperatures had bedecked the plants with diamond like dew. You have to click on the first photo of the Rabbit-foot Clover to see view this flower more closely. It has exquisite, wonderfully detailed feathery petals, that are just enhanced by the dew.

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The birds that were there were quite active. Sparrows were found up and down the Dike Trail feasting. They were skittish, but I finally found one more interested in eating, than me. Several of the birds are starting to change to their winter plumage, including this Goldfinch. Several raptors were seen flying by including an Osprey, a Kestrel, and a Harrier. Unfortunately, most of the time I was preoccupied photographing something at ground level and the first clue I had was the large shadow flying by.

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Blackburnian Warbler

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Downy Wodpecker

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Goldfinch on Evening Primrose

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Song Sparrow Feeding among the Cattails


The Concord is still high and moving steadily. Some of the trees reflecting in the ripples are starting to change color.

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I had to include this dragonfly because it let me get so close. This image is uncropped. I love the detail of the wings in the shadow on the leaf.

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Amy was able to go on Cherrie Corey's walk on Saturday. She told me about a fascinating mushroom, a Coral Mushroom. It looks very much like white coral and unlike any other mushroom, I've ever seen. Continuing with my loop of the Edge and Timber Trails, I added a few more fungi to my photographic collection.

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