A Sunday Morning Well Spent

©jmillerphoto.com - Blue Dasher Dragonfly

I promised myself that once my academic quarter was over that I would spend some quality time making images.  As my week started to wind down, I circled Sunday morning as my morning to get the deed done.

I was up early and when I looked out the window I noticed two things: cloudy skies but reasonably bright (hooray–diffused light) and wet sidewalks (*&%!).  A quick check of the weather radar showed that there was another line of storms headed my way (further *&%!).  But the good news was that it was pretty thin and quick moving with none behind it, so it meant just a departure delay rather than a cancellation.

On the day’s agenda was Spring Valley Wildlife Area.  I had not been out to this particular reserve, but I had heard good things about it from some fellow photographers.  In particular I was looking for dragonflies, and as it turned out I was not disappointed.  Plenty of Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) and Ruby Meadowhawk (Sympetrum rubicundulum) dragonflies to be found of both genders.  There were a couple others that I saw, but I was not able to make images of (and cannot identify–darn things move way too fast).

But dragonflies were not the only thing I saw out on my Sunday stroll.  Plenty of birdlife, to include Great Blue Herons, Northern Cardinals, and Red-winged Blackbirds.   The book ends to my trip were a Cottontail Rabbit at the beginning of my walk and a couple of snakes on my way out.

All in all it was an enjoyable morning and a place that I will have to visit again when I have the opportunity.

~ by Jim Miller on Monday, 7 June 2010.

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