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 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:
AC Moore parking lot
Allen’s Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
I know, blasphemy, but I have a very good reason: I am worried about the frog eggs in the vernal pools at Nasketucket. There is a big sack of eggs, each with a tiny developing tadpole inside, but about a third of it, if not more, is above the water level now. They are sealed inside – in some kind of amniotic fluid, I assume – so maybe they’ll be okay, but it still bugs me. I almost wonder whether I should go back and at least maneuver the stick so they’re under the water? But then I think, no, let nature be. The pool and the life forms in it will either make it or it won’t. What would you do?
It was a bit windy to be on the beach today, and of course the sun didn’t come out until we were driving home (rrrrr!), but it was still nice to be ON A BEACH.
I started and ended my day taking silly photos of my newest Blythe doll:
I then took some black-and-white photos of the dunes using a circular polarizing filter:
Know what a Saluki is? It’s a beautiful, slender dog with a long, thin, super delicate face and long, silky fur. This is “Daisy”:
There were more shells, and more of a variety of shells, on the beach than usual:
There were also tons of sandpipers about, but the light wasn’t great and those little buggers are FAST!
We went to the beach this weekend – the first time this season (we stay away during the summer months) and the first time since Hurricane Irene, which changed it a lot. It’s a lot rockier now. There were a couple people riding horses, but the light wasn’t good. Plus, there were trucks all over the beach, which was annoying.
I found the dunes on the way to and around the parking lot to be the most interesting photographic subjects of our visit.
The sun cast long shadows, which I love, and there were interesting tracks from mice and other critters in the sand.
I can’t decide which of these two is my favorite…