Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Between The Storms

After reviewing my project I realized that I don't have many photos of Great Meadows under stormy conditions. So Tuesday evening when the storms came passing through I went back to Great Meadows to get some photos after the first shower had passed by.

Though the skies were still threatening, there was hope that conditions would actually be improving. Patches of sunlight would break the clouds spotlighting the ground below in their "God beams". In the distance you could still hear thunder and see the occasional flash of lightning. However, from my hiking experience, I felt safe since they were routing planes over the top of the refuge. The planes were taking some interesting routes to avoid the lighting for their approach to Hanscom and Logan.

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Most of the animals were hunkered down. Even the Marsh Wrens were quiet. The Great Egrets must have been cleared for flight about the same time the planes were. Water covered all the plants. I liked how the water droplets decorated this lotus like a rhinestone covered costume.

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This round of the fight between light and dark, dry or wet, went to the dark side. The ceiling dropped, the rains returned, and the little bit of remaining light was pushed out to sea.

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Sometimes It Pays to Break the Rules

Photographers generally like the warm light of the rising sun for their morning photography. I hadn't planned on going to Great Meadows this morning, so I slept in, read the news, and then on a lark decided to visit Great Meadows. It was almost 8AM by the time I wandered out onto the Cross Dike trail.

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.

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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.

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Moving along the path dragonflies, moths and other insects were abundantly represented.

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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.

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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.

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Along the road to the maintenance barn

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Turkey with young along the old railroad bed

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Goldfinches fighting over primrose

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Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird

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Crow with food scared from the drainage canal

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Downy Woodpecker

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Chipmunk stretching for food

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Young snapping turtle