September round-up

I haven’t posted for a loooong while… partly because the summer was hot (or maybe I’m just a giant wuss) and I haven’t been out a lot… and partly because, as usual, I’m doing far too much.

Anyhow, here is a round-up of some photos I’ve taken over the last few weekends, just so folks know I’m still shooting! ;)

Nasketucket Bay State Reservation:

Painted ladiesPraying mantisGrass

Praying mantis

At work:

Praying mantis

AC Moore parking lot

Painted lady

Allen’s Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

MonarchMonarchsMonarchsMonarchMonarchMonarchsMonarch

Painted lady caterpillarBlack saddlebags dragonflyKingfisher

Asters

Scusset Beach

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Butterflies are free

It’s been a while since I posted anything new here – I’ve been working my tail off on my new Etsy shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/SpringAzurePhotos – but I just had to post some of the butterflies I spotted today at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation.

I hadn’t even gotten out of the car when Ulysse spotted a Red-spotted Purple in the parking lot. I’ve only ever seen them in Dartmouth; I’m hoping they get a foothold at Nasketucket.

Red-spotted Purple ButterflyRed-spotted Purple Butterfly

Viceroys are becoming a common sight at Nasketucket, which must mean they’re getting to be well-established there. There is a lot of birch for them to feed on.

ViceroyViceroy

This is the best picture I’ve gotten to date of a Viceroy. I think they must have all just hatched; their colors were beautiful.
Viceroy

And then there were these guys. I looked them up and believe they are Mourning Cloak butterfly caterpillars.

Mourning Cloak caterpillars

I took one home to raise and see what it becomes. I had to go fetch him some willow leaves at the park, and then set him up in a tank with them. I managed to drop him in the tank, where he just lay in a puddle, and I thought he was a-gonner, but then I managed to get him onto a spoon and really look at him, I realized the poor guy was just trying to molt his skin when I half-drowned him. He seems much better now.

After all that walking, I had to go to A.C. Moore, and damned if I didn’t spot a black swallowtail feeding on some clover right next to the parking lot! By then my feet were killing me, but I had to at least try to get a few shots of him since he was right there. (A strong breeze did not help matters.)

Black swallowtail

A Taste of Summer

I’ve been rooting through old photo files, with the thought in mind that I would organize what I’ve taken over the years into some sort of database people could browse and (hopefully) order prints or note cards from easily. Here are three oldies but goodies I’d nearly forgotten – a little dose of summer right before Christmas.

Dragonfly

tiger swallowtail

Spider

Blue algae

So, I went to the park this morning, thinking I’d get an hour in before I had to get ready and leave for work, and the water was entirely fenced off. I’d been there just this past weekend and noticed a smell – not an unpleasant one – sort of like when you shuck corn – but I hadn’t seen anything unusual. Now, the water has a polluted look from this unnaturally blue algae growing in it, and the corn smell has morphed into something far less pleasant. I am incredibly disappointed, because this is the time of year when the park is just loaded with butterflies, dragonflies, turtles, birds, herons – everything – and they’re all on or around the water.

So… these may be my last photos for a while. :(

DragonflyMonarchBee

BirdsTree swallowsTree swallows

TurtleWater lilyDragonfly

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Jewel Tones of Summer

The weekend started out oppressively hot and humid, then we had storms, and then it settled down a bit to plain old hot and humid mixed with a sprinkle here and there. I got to take a walk on Sunday (it’s been a while) and really got into the jewel tones of summer.

ChickoryDay liliesRiver and Lily

Black-eyed SusansBlack-eyed SusansBlack-eyed Susans

Cat tailsTiger lilyMonarch on Joe-Pye Weed

Cardinal flower and hummingbirdCardinal flower and hummingbirdBarbed wire and post

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Dragonflies mating

Day of the damselflies

So, I haven’t posted anything in a bit because I’ve had a week off and barely went online. I was also spoiled with a week of decent weather – save for the tornado scare, of course – so I was OUTSIDE with my camera most every day. (And when I wasn’t out chasing insects around, I was in bed, catching up on SLEEP.)

Here are some photos from my week off:

Water pumping station

Turtle

Nasketucket

Bullfrog

Gidley Woods

DamselflyDamselflyChipmunkSpicebush swallowtail

Lake Street

FlowerDragonfly

Buttonwood Park

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(I’ve started using my camera’s manual focus more, and have to say, I think my images are much improved for it.)