Memorial Day weekend I shot more than 2000 pictures. Of course, half of them were utter garbage, but that's still a lot of pictures to sort and organize and edit and.. whatever!
That Saturday I went to all three Lincoln Park ponds. It was about nine hours of shooting. It wanted to rain on me just a little in the morning, but it cleared up about 8:30 and I was good.
On Sunday I drove out to Volo Bog since I hadn't been there in ages. We'd been warned all weekend that it would be warm - hot, really - on Sunday, so I planned accordingly. I had a liter of Gatoraide, a liter of water, pickles, sandwiches, sunscreen, the whole nine yards.
I still don't think that prepared me for a 5 mile hike in 100 degree (F) weather. I made both loops that I wanted to, but I didn't spend nearly the time I wanted to chasing butterflies and things like that. It was just too hot. In fact there were times when I'd just find a place where a tree made a little shade and plop down on the grassy path and rest and hydrate.
The kinds of flowers I was used to seeing there weren't out yet. I guess most of them are late summer/early fall bloomers. There was no mammal activity, which was disappointing. There were a bunch of butterflies and dragonflies, but it was so warm that they were so energized and never sat still long enough to get a good shot of many of them.
That said, it was still a good hike and I did get quite a few good shots.
|Tree Swallow(42 - 2012)|
|Eastern Kingbird (043 - 2012)|
Total Identified Species Sited for the Year: 43
Total Unidentified Species Sited for the Year: 1
Total New Species: 25