Thursday, August 4, 2011

Being Flexible

Wednesday morning I found myself at the refuge at the crack of dawn with my friend Bill who wanted to photograph the lotus in bloom. The impoundments were mist shrouded, while the skies overhead were cloudless as we ventured out onto the dike. We were greeted by Great Blue Herons arriving to fish and hunt among the lotus plants.


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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110803 &emdash;


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.


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Bullfrog soaking greets the dawn

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A rare photo of the Virginia Rail in appropriate habitat not surrounded by reeds at the base of the observation deck

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Mist on the Concord River

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Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110803 &emdash;
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.

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The first Cedar Waxwing I've seen during this project

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110803 &emdash;
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


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.


Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110803 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110803 &emdash;



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.