Yes, finally….I got a shot of a painted turtle at Poor Farm Swamp. And, also finally, I got a good shot of a Butter and Eggs wildflower…a Toadflax. I didn’t get out yesterday and almost didn’t today either as the weather was gloomy most of the morning. But, as Andrew mentioned, PWS set in and I went out anyway.
There is a nice wetland bordering Hop Brook about a half mile or so from where I start along the railtrail. Unfortunately, there is also a 6 foot tall fence on both sides of the bridge above the brook as it winds through the marsh. Fortunately, my tripod rises about 7 feet. I left two feet at their shortest to rest on the railing and one at 7 feet resting on the deck and climbed the lower part of the fence so I could see what I was doing.I think this qualifies for O’Diva’s challenge to post a bad image. It is too tight on the right…although allowing the elimination of a partial branch sticking into the image…and has a dead branch on the large tree left of center crossing several background trees…a compositional no-no. The light is flat too. But I like this…maybe because of what I had to do to get the image.
After I turned back, I made a side hike up Hop Brook Trail and found one of my favorite roadside flowers…but not on a roadside. The Butter and Eggs. I opted for a single bloom that I was able to isolate by lying on the deck of another bridge which I am sure had a lot of remnant goose poop disintegrated into the wood. Often in the past I have seen the little comma shaped droppings. Anyway, more pleasing is the flower.Having finished here I decided to head home for some driveway crack sealing and other chores. But on the way back I finally had a shot at a painted turtle. This is a very large crop so it most likely will always live on the web, but as the summer wanes it will be one of the last, if not the last, opportunities.I like the head turn which just preceded the usual “Hey, there’s Steve, I think I’ll drop into the water” act. I can’t believe how wary they are. A few years back it was not a problem getting within decent shooting distance with my 300. Now, not so much.
I hope you enjoyed the Sunday railtrail walk. Have a great week everybody. 🙂