Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Three Hour Tour

Saturday morning we joined Cherrie Corey and a group of fellow wanderers for one of her Sense of Place walks at Great Meadows. They are always interesting and informative. The day was sunny with a bit of breeze that kept the temperatures feeling comfortable for August.

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Cherrie explaining something to onlooking walkers

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We explored both flora and fuana. I photographed more of the fuana and less of the flora. It is tough to set up your tripod with a large group trying to crowd around a few plants to get a good view. The breeze would also move the plants back and forth making focusing a challenge.

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Aphids on Alder, the Ants come for the sweet juice the Aphids excrete

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Interesting patterns made by lichen on tree

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Close up of cardinal flowers which are prolific this year

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Water smartweed - That's smart as in stings...not intelligence

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Swamp Rose Mallow



Several of us became disconnected from the main group as we joyed this beautiful moth. It had the most beautiful white wings, which opened to reveal a pale blue / purple color.

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Damselfly

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Milkweed bugs on Milkweed plant

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Common Whitetail

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Slaty Skimmer

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Great Egret fishing near end of Dike Trail


We had arrived a bit early, so I did a quick loop of the Black Creek Duck Trail to see what was new there. The place was exploding with mushrooms of different shapes, colors and sizes.

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