Every summer around the beginning of July, we go down to the Blackstone Canal to look for water snakes. They seem to come out of the water and spend a lot of time basking on the banks at this time of year. Of course, we're also happy to see other kinds of wildlife as well.
Fritillary on Swamp Milkweed
Water Snake in Grass
April Flowers Bring Big Shovels
Late April brings a carpet of flowers and, sometimes, broken water pipes and excavation equipment.
And even though the flowers are up and blooming like crazy, vegetables are just getting started with a little artificial climate adjustment.
Here's this month's Pretentious Fine Art Photograph (TM) - the light was just too interesting to pass up:
Here are some pics from a short vacation in Western Massachuestts - the B & B where we stayed, and some scenes from a fiber farm. I particularly like the morning light on the breakfast table.
There's something very restful about Midwest landscapes. They're so unpretentious; just acres and acres of rolling fields under the sweep of rolling clouds. A few trees on the horizon. A red barn here and there to break up the monotony. Nothing to cause the viewer any anxiety.
Illinois Wind Farm
A Sunny Day (finally!)
At last, a sunny day! A day like this calls for a walk through the Audubon sanctuary. Let's hope this is the start of a trend!
The big snapping turtle was still there, he hasn't moved from the spot where I photographed him last month, wrinkled snout poking into the air. Some of the other visitors were expressing uncertainty as to whether he was really a turtle, or something else ("... an alligator? A dinosaur?"). I didn't bother photographing him again, because it would have just been the same photo on a different day.
Dragonfly on Water Lily
Bumblebee on Pickerelweed