Another single day off today, and as usual I walked through the Dykeman Spring Nature Park on the way to the grocery store. Some new, later-in-the-season flowers are up, I managed to find some butterflies who would sit still long enough to get a portrait, and lo and behold I got one of the wetland's big old Snapping Turtles. Usually they're up in the pond or in one of the swamp pools, and when they get wind of me they just sink under the water. But this one was in one of the shallow rivulets that trace a labyrinthine path through the wetland, which wasn't deep enough for the armored critter to sink out of sight in. Finally! So enjoy our walk through the deepening Summer.
|St. John's Wort, with Crown Vetch in the background, along the Dykeman Walking Trail|
|A very large Snapping Turtle in the Dykeman Spring wetland, keeping a wary eye on me|
|A vine in the Morning Glory family growing in the upland meadow|
|A Common Checkered Skipper butterfly in the upland meadow|
|A Pearl Crescent butterfly in the upland meadow|
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