It’s close to home and, if nothing else, the rail trail that passes through provides a good walk with the kit on my back. I think it will be unavailable though soon enough. The trail is going to be repaved. Some genius, and all those superior to that person who approved the mixture, thought it would be a good idea to add in crushed recycled glass with the asphalt. Many flat bicycle tires later the work has been approved to replace the tire biter paving with something a bit friendlier. It is not at my pay grade to question these people, but I do think pretty much any of us common folks could have seen the folly.
So on to the images. Being the clumsy sort, I scared a Great Blue Heron off a log in the pool. As I walked the trail I saw that he/she had landed near a tree with a possibility of something unique. I am not a very skilled bird photographer like my friend Andrew (check out his blog) but I get lucky every once in a while. In this case the heron hid from me but not as well as it might have. As always, please click for a large image.After a short while, my threat level seemed to drop and the heron presented a nice pose.I know, the bird is about to walk out of the frame so not the greatest composition…did I mention my lack of bird photography skill? 🙂 On the way out the sun had burned off the fog and the heat was starting to build. No a/c for the swamp dwellers. Although it can’t be seen in the image, the heron was vibrating his/her throat which is part of the cooling process…along with the lower bill agape.A fun morning for sure. I had started out hoping to photograph some turtles, but for some reason they were jumpier than usual and every time I even looked at one, literally, it dropped into the water from the log perch. But the dragonflies were active and I did get one image of a Slaty Skimmer.Thanks for looking in and bearing with me on this longer than usual post.