|Vervain on the Savanna|
Besides the bog, there's a large wooded and savanna area that I didn't get the chance to hike the first time I went out there because I was with a group. Being on my own, I was able to walk the roughly 5 miles of trails and click to my heart's content. This would have been significantly easier if we weren't having hurricane force winds.
|World Turned Upside-down|
Anyway, the bog is fascinating. This is a shot of the surface reflecting the skies and nearby tamarack forest. Those are lilypads floating on the top. I managed to catch this shot early enough in the day that the really, really nasty winds hadn't kicked up yet and the bog was fabulously still.
I love waterlilies, as you may have noticed. There's something about the way that the seem to glow from the inside. The water here is so still it's black and the leaves of the lily pads are dark green, which makes the white just stand out and glow.
|Light Shines Through|
Here's one that's more open and has a fantastic reflection in the still water.
This part of the bog - the section that has the floating boardwalk around it - has thousands of ridiculously active frogs in it. They were hopping up from the water catching bugs and disappearing. There's something very peaceful about the lily and the ripples here.
|Froggy Finger Hold|
Here's one who sat still for a few minutes. I like how he's hanging onto the leaf with his little froggy finger. This is your good old, standard Green Frog.
|Leopard Frog Lies Low|
And this, as far as I can tell, is a Southern Leopard Frog. I think it's a little on the young side and his spots haven't quite come in yet. I know there are quite a few frogs still developing - in the next post I'll have shots of tadpoles and one of a polywog (a frog that still has the vast majority of his tadpole tail.)
And these were all taken in the half-mile of floating boardwalk (which makes for interesting shooting if you aren't the only one on it. See my post about trying to shoot from a moving ship in the water.) I hadn't even gotten into the nature preserve.