It cleared up early this afternoon, after raining all day yesterday and all night last night, so I went for a walk around Buttonwood Park, which never fails to have wondrous things to see and photograph.
First, there was this cormorant:
Next, this great blue heron:
Another great blue heron – I’m not sure whether he’s actually swimming here or not:
But here he was definitely wading:
Some water lilies and irises:
Baltimore oriole nests that withstood all the rain:
More bees in one place than I have ever seen in my life (sorry for the cruddy picture, they were way high above me – thank goodness):
And some Canada geese with seriously cute babies:
Hilariously, they would be dunking for goodies to eat and roll right over:
The parents got spooked at one point (not by me) and actually flew across the pond, leaving their babies, but came back a minute later (whew!)
I went back to Nasketucket this morning, and for half of my walk I didn’t see anything special – tons of pearly crescentspots, and one spicebush swallowtail when I first pulled into the parking lot – but on the walk back, I spotted my first – and only – praying mantis of the year…
… and then one of my favorite butterflies – a great spangled fritillary – which I’ve only ever seen at Nasketucket…
… and then a giant garden spider. I haven’t seen one of these bad boys in years! I’d forgotten just how big – and, well, oogy – they are. But, as always, I’m thinking “Contest!”
I did some laundry at my mom’s afterwards. She has a butterfly bush that was popular with the painted ladies…
… and took a quick walk around the end of River Road, where I saw a great blue heron hanging out with a bunch of ducks.
I go back to work – and reality – tomorrow. (Big plus: AC!!!) Should be interesting, in terms of adjusting to an entirely new work load. I have been spoiled by little work and short days, but alas, that ship has sailed. And hit an iceberg. Sigh!!
Anyhow, I got some work done that I had to, then crammed as much good stuff as I could into my week off – which technically was longer than a week. I went to Nasketucket Bay State Reservation – Allen’s Pond Wildlife Refuge (twice, because I love it) – the Butterfly Zoo (twice, because I left my closeup filter there) – Buttonwood Park a few times – to a bird sanctuary I’d never been to before (my calf muscles are still screaming at me) – Turner Pond – and to three different Savers (I actually gave way more than I bought). Oh, and I went to the fireworks last night (duh). And today, at long last, I finally motivated myself to get some housework done, so I get to feel all virtuous about that.
Norman Bird Sanctuary