As I started to walk out onto the dike, I could see an approaching shower. This was the first of several that passed through. It was a great day for landscape photography as the scenery alternated between threatening skies and periods of sun. This made the landscape truly stand out against the backdrop of the next passing storm.
In New England we revel in the spectacular foliage of autumn. We rarely appreciate the many different colors of spring foliage. However, if you watch carefully, spring has its own display of colors.
My recent trips to Great Meadows have tended to focus on the animals. However, the landscape photos helped remind me that my project is to capture "the spirit of Great Meadows". People come to the refuge for many reasons; often having little to do with the wildlife.
If you go to Great Meadows with any frequency, you will see reminders of the cycle of life. This ranges from the new buds on the trees, to the baby geese and ducks, to the dead fish carcass, slowly decaying along the shore.
Of course there still is wildlife. On this visit I found a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher who posed for me. A Downy Woodpecker was uncharacteristically searching for food among the Cattail Reeds rather than the woods. Even a Grackle can look good, when the light is just right.