Today was spectacular! The weather was perfect, and everything about the day warbled spring!
I started the day heading over to pick my mother up for breakfast. On the way over (less than half a mile, by the way), my daughter and I managed to rescue two animals from being hit by a car. Granted it was my car, but that’s beside the point. Before we even got out of the neighborhood, we happened upon a mama bird giving her baby a flying lesson. Unfortunately, Junior ended up sitting in the middle of the road. My daughter hopped out and got the little fluff-ball out of the road while mama bird watched and squawked a bit nervously. Then, on my mother’s dirt road, I had to hit the brakes, because there sat a turtle basking in the sun. My daughter hopped out again and gingerly picked that little guy up and put him on the side of the road out of the way too. Then it was off to breakfast!
After breakfast, my daughter headed off to work, and Mama decided she wanted to go for a walk (as neither of us really wanted to go home and cut grass). My feet weren’t quite dressed for the adventure, so we headed back to my house for shoes, water, and of course, my camera. Then we headed off to Turner Lake Park to walk some trails and photograph whatever caught my fancy. Boy were there some things to photograph today!
Turtles ruled the pond today! There were more turtles there today than I have ever seen! On this log alone, there were 19!
There were at least three different species as far as I could tell, and they were everywhere. I took more photos of turtles on this one day than I have taken in all my years of photography put together. It was fantastic!
Along the trails, Mama and I talked and talked, and I spotted some small butterflies, a frog, some flowers, some insects…the usual stuff.
As we headed out of the woods and back around the lake, I happened to spot a Great Blue Heron across the water. I watched him for a bit and took quite a number of photos. Mama had a bit of trouble seeing him from that distance because he blended in to his environment so well.
As we made our way back toward the car, we stopped by where the geese hang out. They are pretty used to people hanging about, so they went about their business of preening and napping. And of course, I sat and watched and photographed.
A couple of squirrels wanted in on the photo shoot too, so I took pictures of their cute little selves.
As we walked away from the geese, however, we saw a very unfortunate little casualty. A big brown bat was flopping around on the shore. He seemed very injured and not very interested having anything bother him in what I believe were his final moments. It was quite sad. He was quite beautiful.
Then I saw the Great Blue Heron fly over to our side of the pond, so I was able to get a few great shots of him up close.
Then, we headed over to the dock to see the ducks. There were a few of these guys hanging about.
As we walked out on the dock, I noticed quite a commotion going on in the trees near the water’s edge. Some birds were having quite a fit over something. Curious, I headed over to take a look. I watched them fussing about and carrying on for a bit, and then I noticed what all of the commotion was about. It appeared that a black racer had invaded the little bluebird couple’s humble abode. I assume he made a meal out of their future offspring…very sad and unfortunate, but I suppose it is the “circle of life”. I’ve never really photographed a snake before, so I seized the opportunity born from this unfortunate event. I was able to get fairly close as he was in a tree and not likely to be able to get at me (though I think he was more afraid of me than the other way around).
We spent about three hours out there at the lake, and we thought we were done with our little adventure. But just as soon as I turned down the drive to take Mama back home, I had to stop again. There on the side of that little dirt road sat two little bunny rabbits. My daughter grabbed the camera from the back of the car, and I was able to get a couple of good shots before they hopped away.
What an amazingly beautiful day!