My friend Marti joined me for a short walk in the arboretum yesterday. In search of butterflies, we only saw two, a tiny white one and a swallowtail. I didn’t get a picture of either, so I changed to Plan B and instead of butterflies, I began photographing dragonflies, damselflies, and birds. Click on the gallery to take a virtual walk in the arboretum.
You will probably recognize the red-breasted bird as an American robin. We spotted it hopping around on the ground, where it apparently found something interesting, picked it up and flew over to land on a sign post, while I snapped a few pictures. (Later at home, when I looked at the pictures on my computer, I was puzzled to see that the poor bird had no face. However, on closer examination, I realized it (the bird) was gripping a clump of dirt and weeds tightly in his beak. In several of my pictures, his face was completely obscured by his prize capture. In the picture above, you can see one eye peering around the dirt.)
Dragonflies are fun to photograph, but these were not really interested in posing for the camera, so I will include two water lilies. I can’t help loving the lilies because they are so delicate and colorful.
That’s it for today’s trail walk, but if you aren’t in a hurry to get home, you can join Marti and me on the bench overlooking the lily pond. We’re going to sit in the shade for a while and soak in the glory of this beautiful June day.