Monday, August 8, 2011

A Drive By Shooting

Upon returning from New Hampshire, I had less than 48 hours before I left for Maine. Into that time I tried to cram celebrating Mom's birthday in Rhode Island, hosting a college friend for two nights, unpack / repack, and a quick visit to Great Meadows. The visit was successful, but this blog post was delayed until my return.

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Morning dew or in this case the remnants of Sunday's rain storms often yield interesting views of fauna bedecked with diamonds.

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There were plenty of lotus in bloom. The bees were busy with pollination. On one plant I actually counted four bees.

The Evening Primrose is very attractive to a number of animals. Often you find Goldfinches feeding on them. Today I found a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird and a Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly attracted to them.

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The morning quickly warmed and the dragonflies became active. My Field Guide to Dragonfiles and Damselflies of Massachusetts finally arrived. Who knew there are 166 species found in our state? Here are a pair of Great Blue Skimmers and a Common Whitetail.

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Along the backside of the Upper Impoundment I found this familiy that had set up house in a milkweed plant. The tree canopy nearby was full of small birds flitting to and fro. I liked the Tufted Titmouse that descended to my level and posed like a CEO for his portrait, staying only a few seconds before flying off to his next task.

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Cardinal flowers have been blooming along the riverside. I have attempted (and failed) to get a photo I would be willing to share. This is my best effort to date which captures them in the morning sun.

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Along my walk I encountered this Mom, walking with her child. As they walked and talked, Mom was pointing out the flora and fauna. It was obvious they were both enjoying their time outdoors. This photo makes me smile as I remember them.

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Alas there was no to carry me back to the parking lot. So I gathered up my camera, tripod and lenses to race back to the car and pack for Maine. I wonder what I'll find when I return.