Monday, September 26, 2011

They Are Everywhere!

Monday I unsuccessfully attempted another time lapsed video of a day at Great Meadows. The video of the early morning so greatly exceeds the rest of the day, that my Rose Mary Woods moment was just my preliminary edit. Please take a moment to watch the fog, mist and sunlight dance across the upper impoundment.



Autumn is my favorite time of year. Whether cuased by divine creation or random chance you must admit that the fall interplay of color and light is one of the special aesthetic joys of living in New England.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110926 &emdash;

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110926 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110926 &emdash;


Wandering out the Cross Dike Trail you could not help to notice that spider webs were everywhere. Draped in morning dew, they sparkled like diamond necklaces. The spiders were equal opportunity weavers, even the lowly tick trefoil was bejeweled.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110926 &emdash;

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With the onset of fall, the population of dragonflies has been greatly reduced. The reddish Meadowhawks are the perfect complement to the earth tone pallet of fall. I have been noticing more damselflies. The dragonflies that persist are now much larger.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110926 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110926 &emdash;


Most of the flowering plants have turned to seed. The few splashes of floral color are like small paint splatters that were not cleaned up after the summer's painting. Down in the shade of the cattails I saw this chicory plant blooming. The insect was a bonus.

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Turtles were not quite as prolific, but I encountered several during the day. This tiny baby snapping turtle was crossing the dike trail along the lower impoundment. When it encountered me, it wasn't sure how to react and just froze until I retreated to a safe distance. Along the observation deck several painted turtles were sunning themselves. One appears to have caught the "planking" craze. I wondered what his plan was to get back down.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110926 &emdash;

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More ducks have been visiting the refuge. Wild ducks are skittish so they are often found hiding and feeding among the aquatic vegetation of the impoundments. Occassionally you will observe them closer to shore...until they realize you are watching them. The best observations are as they take off and land.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110926 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110926 &emdash;


While waiting for more ducks to arrive I was lucky to observe these Great Blue Herons fighting over a fish. One had caught this large fish and the other flew over to get his fair share of the food. The fisherman was able to scare away the thief and focus his energy on exactly how he was going to swallow that fish.

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Will all the wet weather fungi and mushrooms of all types are prolific, especially in the woods. Here are a few more species that I haven't shared before or are better photographs.

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2 comments:

  1. That's a great collection of photos. I especially like the time lapse.

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  2. Absolutely beautiful images in this one. Wonderful sense of the mists, webs, and colors. Exquisite mushroom and indian pipe portraits. And love the video.

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