The Wonderful Month of June

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A favorite freestone stream in the mountains, alive with aquatic insects and foraging trout

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A massive White Pine with centuries of stories locked within

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Tiger Swallowtails “mud-puddling” to ingest nutrients and improve reproductive success

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A chatty House Wren, rewarding me for the nest box I hung on a garden post

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Taking a grooming timeout while guarding the nearby nest and solitary eaglet.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird incubating 1-3 eggs; they’ll hatch in about 2 weeks

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An egg-laying Snapper; she dug her nest in roadside gravel near her swampy habitat 

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A month-old whitetail fawn learning about mobility

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Wild mustard colonizing a fallow field on a dairy farm

Photos by NB Hunter (June, 2018). © All rights reserved.

Dead Zones Beckon

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“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

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White Pine tree and Appalachian Mountains

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  – John Muir

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Mature Eastern Hemlock trees on the floodplain of a mountain stream

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

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Puddling swallowtails seeking moisture, nutrients and enhanced reproductive success from the mud near a mountain spring

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Maidenhair Fern after a rainy night

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.” – John Muir

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Wild Columbine

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Wild Mountain Azalea

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the      universe.” – John Muir

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Free-stone mountain stream

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American Merganser on an early morning perch above a beaver pond

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Newly hatched mayfly dun on the surface film of a mountain stream

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Mergansers

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.