My trip to the park on Monday turned out to be full of unexpected little pleasures.
Among the marsh grasses, near the area where the waxwings were feeding, a purple vetch was found by a foraging bumble bee. And by me. 🙂
A little further along on my way back to the car, an exquisitely colored Lorquin’s Admiral butterfly was so interested in this little pile of coyote poop that I was able to position myself close enough for a half-decent shot. It was when I got down on his/her level and the wings folded up that s/he took my breath away. The colors on the underwings in the afternoon sun positively glowed. Yet another first for me…previously I’ve only seen these beauties from a distance, usually in retreat. 😦 That surprises me now because when I got home I looked them up and found that they are quite aggressive, and may actually chase birds from their home territory.
And just before I reached where I left my car, the vibrant red color of this next gaudy character stopped me in my tracks. I don’t usually have much success photographing dragonflies, but this one was very cooperative. Actually s/he was quite the showoff!
S/he didn’t want to stay still for long, but as long as I stood quietly, s/he kept returning.
I have frequented this section of the park countless times and traveled this short section of trail more times than I can remember, but usually the number of interesting photo subjects lacks variety…I may have to stop by again soon. While I was waiting for the Sora, I caught sight of the rear view of either a small beaver or a large muskrat (my money is on the latter) dragging a large island of marsh grasses through the water. I could only see the back of its head above water as it swam away from my direction and disappeared around the corner. This also is new, I haven’t seen signs of muskrat or beaver in this part of the park before so clearly changes are underway here.