More from our Camp Friedenswald getaway earlier this month. . .a favorite spot is the lookout over the fen, especially at sunrise and sunset, and enjoying the birds and other residents. We heard but did not see sandhill cranes this time, and we heard and saw redwing blackbirds.
We looked for the very rare Mitchell's satyr butterfly which can be found in this fen. It was the season for them, and staff told us that the researchers who had done a count earlier that week were delighted to spot ten. We did not see any, but this little fellow posed for us -- a northern pearly eye, from what I can see on the butterfly identification charts.
And this is the view in the other direction. We were focused on the water and birds at sunrise when we heard a slight noise behind us and turned to see the spotted back of a fawn leaping up and promptly dropping down into hiding. You can just see its ears and eyes here. Can't spot it? The close up is below. And the last photo is a couple of wood ducks out at dusk.
DeFries Flowers and Dragonflies
We had a Calendar Garden outing on Saturday. The summer quadrant is always the one bursting with color and blooms. And in this case, dragonflies.
We had a getaway at Camp Friedenswald last week, enjoying the change in landscape. Both mornings we headed across the lake in a canoe, avoiding the shoreline with all the houses, and coming back along the wooded lakeshore. The floating turtles we saw all took a quick dive for the bottom. The dragonflies circled round and sometimes rode along with us for a spell. Near the fen, we passed water lilies and then John called out, "Look at all that blue!" We paddled in for a closer look. Dragonfly orgy!
Prairie Dragons and Damsels
A medley this time -- from the prairie plantings on campus this time. Three on a sunny day, and the last two from a dewy morning. I watched that damselfly hanging from the edge of the leaf and then swing itself upward till it was on top of the leaf. If you zoom in, you can see that both the leaf and the damselfly are covered with dew.
My approach to contemplative photography --
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"