It was a beautiful fall day at Bond Falls. In the fall there are usually a large number of visitors to Bond Falls and this particular day was no exception. There is sometimes a line to photograph at key locations.
Fall Reflections are one of my favorite subjects during fall leaf season.
It was almost as if the summer birds could read the calendar. On September 1st I noticed that a large number of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds disappeared from my feeders. There are still some around but I was feeding them once per day and now it is down to twice per week with fewer feeders out. The ones that are around are probably passing through from up north.
At about the same time I noticed that there were fewer Baltimore Orioles at my feeders. They also seem to be leaving. In the spring when these two species arrive the typically arrive within a day or two of each other. The same appears to be true when they leave. This is one of the last to leave.
On several walks along the trail I’ve managed to capture photos of some of the flowers. The Touch-me-nots are in bloom along the trail and cover the hillsides.
Walking around my Prairie the last few weeks turned up a number of different insects.
With all of the Monarch Caterpillars that I found I expected to see a lot of Monarch Butterflies. That hasn’t been the case. They have been few and far between.
My walks in the prairie continue to turn up insects.
The Sundew is a former U.S. Coast Guard Cutter that was retired in 2004. For several years she was anchored at the DECC and was turned into a museum. It was sold 5 years later to a local businessman and anchored at Pier B. It can occasionally be seen sailing out on the lake. I snapped these photos when it came out of the harbor during the Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
The dog days of summer are not the best times to visit Crex Meadows but there were a few things to photograph. The water levels in some of the flowages had been reduced so the waterfowl only had small ponds to swim around in.
There were quite a few Monarch Butterflies on the eastern edge of the Meadows.
Trumpeter Swans were around with their young teenagers.
There were quite a few teenage ducks around.
I typically see large numbers of Blanding’s Turtles in the spring when they are on the road laying eggs. We found this one wandering across the road.
This Canada Goose was perched on top of a beaver lodge.