Fawn

Fawn

I saw this fawn tonight on my farm. I was taking pictures of lotus and he was initially standing on a little island in one of my frog ponds. He eventually wandered out of the pond and onto a nearby trail. He let me take this picture.

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Butterfly on Bee Balm


The bees and butterflies both love the bee balm which is blooming on my farm now.

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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis). This is a common dragonfly on my farm. This one was perching on one of last years lotus stems.

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Ferns

Ferns 

Ferns. Not sure what species. I have ravines covered with these.

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Wood Ducks in Trees

Wood Ducks in Trees

Wood Ducks in Trees
I see my wood ducks all of the time, but rarely get decent photos of them. They tend to fly away as I approach my little wetland area. Usually they fly through some trees, over Meadow Creek and head towards my neighbors good-size pond. As I watched them this time, they took off, but landed in the nearest tree line. I use our old suburban as a moving bird blind. I slowly approached them. I got this shot, which was low light and from a long distance, before they flew on. The suburban is a hand me down from my wife. She nick-named it (“her”) “Big Blue”. Our bittern has gotten so used to Big Blue that it no longer flies off as I approach. Some of the prothonotary warblers will tolerate me sitting in her and watching them go about their business near their nests. Sometimes it is just best to park and be patient and see what activity comes my way.

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Phoebe Hatchlings

Phoebe Hatchlings

Phoebe Hatchlings.   These guys are about ready to fledge.   They are literally just outside our front door.

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Fawn

Fawn

Fawn.

I was mowing trails this weekend.   It was hot and sunny, so I decided to mow in the shade.   I headed into our woodlands to mow trails there.   This little guy was just off to the side of one of the trails.   I shut the mower off and took a picture with my iPhone.

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