Late Spring Highlights

Late spring is a dynamic, transitional time with seemingly endless opportunities to observe and photograph nature. There are so many things going on, all competing for attention: animals in beautiful sleek summer coats; awkward, gangly youngsters learning the ways of the world; a continuum of blooming wildflowers and woody shrubs, the latter resulting in soft mast that will nourish late-nesting and migrating birds; and of course the cold-blooded reptiles and invertebrates, responding to the warmer days that fuel their life activities. I love it all and often find myself frozen with indecision, wanting to be in dozens of different places at the same time! Anyone who has fly-fished and observed the water boiling with surface-feeding fish knows the feeling. 

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A carpet of Buttercups in full bloom on the floodplain of a small stream.

This post features some of my favorite photos from this magical time of year, roughly  the third week of June in central New York. For the most part, the photos are random shots resulting from numerous “discovery walks” where I tried to capture the full range of natural events that represent the season.

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Common Wood Sorrel

I listened to a wild turkey gobbling this morning, weeks after the prime mating and nesting season. He seemed reluctant to let go of spring and move on to the more mundane business of summer feeding and dust bathing. If that’s the case, I share his reluctance to let go, and must preserve the memories with a season-ending photo gallery.

Photos by NB Hunter. ©  All Rights Reserved.

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2 thoughts on “Late Spring Highlights

  1. Once again, Nick, your photos are fabulous. I am in awe of your ability and patience to find and photograph your subjects! As someone who meditates I can see this as its own form of meditaion in nature! Lisa

    • It speaks to the seductive nature of a photo opportunity, irresistible due to the potential satisfaction associated with the capture of a quality image and a chance to preserve the fleeting and intangible qualities of nature. A good subject draws you into a zone where you’re completely immersed in the moment and there is no yesterday and no tomorrow. That experience, without question, restores mind, body and soul! Thanks.

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