Whole lotta nature out there

In the Carboniferous Period of the Paleozoic Era, dragonflies grew to be fifteen inches long with thirty inch wingspans. When I finish my Time Machine, that will be one of my test destinations.

Took the trail to the pond at  this morning, and entered a dragonfly jam. None were Paleozoic-sized. Glad it was  Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, and not Jurassic Park.

Very cooperative turtle sunning and surveying his domain.

Heron on the far side.
Water beetle.

A cute stripey snake.
Hunting for dragonfly lunch?

Ew.  That's a big dang snake in the water.

Time to head back up the trail!
© 2012 Nancy L. Ruder


Kim said...

Snakes - ew. Herons - yah! "Any day you see a heron is a good day." according to a youngster named Eli who was 8 at the time he made that proclamation. Eli was wise but likely quoting his mom.

Kathleen said...

Lovely. Looking forward to some dragonflies by lake & woods in Michigan...in July.

Collagemama said...

I agree with Eli. Thanks for the comments. I'm way behind on blogging and just about everything else.


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