Herons and goose butts

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:

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Next, this great blue heron:

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Another great blue heron – I’m not sure whether he’s actually swimming here or not:

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But here he was definitely wading:

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Some water lilies and irises:

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Baltimore oriole nests that withstood all the rain:

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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):

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And some Canada geese with seriously cute babies:

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Hilariously, they would be dunking for goodies to eat and roll right over:

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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!)

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What I Did on my Summer Vacation

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.

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Bipolar day

As my first official day at my new job, I have to say, it was a bit too up-and-down for my liking.

Up: I got to sleep in ’til around 8. Got up, made coffee, drank coffee, fed the cats, etc.

Down: I went to the dentist for my scaling which, it turns out, was not today but tomorrow, so that may actually be an up…

Up: Leaving the dentist, I noticed a robin fly up to this tree – and little baby robin heads shoot up out of a nest to be fed. I had my backup camera on me, which I have so not warmed to, so I drove all the way home to get my Sony.

Down: I didn’t bring it with me in the first place. Will I never learn??

Up: Drove happily back with camera, two lenses and a stool to stand on. Mama Robin did not appreciate the intrusion, but I skedaddled right after, so hopefully her life went back to normal right after the indignity of being “flashed” while feeding her young.

Down: Had a woman beep at me when I pulled over and stopped for a cop car with its lights and siren on. I gave her the finger.

Down: As punishment for giving the woman the finger – which I regretted the moment I did it, but I was peeved – my check engine light popped on. Figures.

Down: Went home, mixed up some sliced banana and yogurt to eat, and the phone rang. My mom volunteers at a school near me and was dizzy and not feeling well, and needed me to drive her home.

Up: Made it to work just on time and didn’t suck at my new job too badly. ;)

Up: Got to go home early on my first day because there were no ads left to do.

Honestly, the pictures I was able to get of the baby robins made up for ALL of it. So, in a word, UP.

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