Last night's rains had beat the petals off of most of the lotus that were fully in bloom, while many more lotus were budded up tightly. The goldfinches that have been active along the Dike Trail were also sleeping in. With our plans disrupted we decided to wandered the refuge to see what else we could photograph.
Bullfrog soaking greets the dawn
A rare photo of the Virginia Rail in appropriate habitat not surrounded by reeds at the base of the observation deck
Mist on the Concord River
Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed
Swamp Rose Mallow with Dew
Along the Upper Dike Trail we encountered one area that was busy with birds. While a birder's paradise, they weren't very good photographic subjects as they chose to hid in the shadows and tangled branches.
The first Cedar Waxwing I've seen during this project
Completing our lap of the impoundments we once again visited the cross dike trail. The goldfinches had since woken up and were feasting on the primrose and the lotus plants were greeting the warming sun by opening their flowers.
One side note - In the past week this blog broke the 5,000 pageview barrier. Since the blog really was an after thought of my photography project, I just wanted to thanks to all of you who read along and follow my adventures. The nice comments and emails I've received have made the extra work worthwhile. They also helps keep me motivated on those days where I would rather be sipping a cold drink and watching the telly.