Yesterday made me irritable. Don’t know why. It was too hot for one thing. I really like cooler weather. Today was cooler, so I took a long leisurely walk after work with camera and no particular mission.
I wish I could record sounds for you. The sanctuary was full of peepers, wood frogs, and plenty of birds – all calling “This is my territory!” or “How about me, babe?”
Each day, something new is out… plants sprouting, insects emerging, birds returning… Today was a day that made me long for a longer lens. So much I didn’t capture, except in my memory… The ground bees bubbling up out of underground winter shelters, a groundhog ambling through the woods, a phoebe, hairy woodpecker, chickadees, a muskrat.
It was warm enough for a few turtles to be out basking. Most dove into the water before I could get a decent shot. But this one… I took a shot from several yards away. Then I sneaked in closer. I took another shot, then sneaked closer still. Repeat. Repeat. This final shot was taken from less than a foot away. The sound of my shutter didn’t seem to bother it at all. And as I looked, I realized, the left eye was missing! The shell was rather beat up, too. Eventually, he turned his head toward me, looked right into the lens of the camera, then turned and dove into the water. It was a nice close encounter.
It bothers me that the Conewango River is still so high, backing water up into our woods. The vernal pool is literally connected to the river because of the high water. Uh oh… am I going to get irritable again over not being able to see the salamanders and their eggs? I had better stop dwelling on it!