Grasshoppers, Dragonflies And Some Other Cool Stuff At Community Park
On Wednesday I didn’t bring my macro lens along with me. So I hiked with my zoom lens hoping to see an eagle, an egret or any kind of interesting wildlife. No eagles or egrets but I did see my first black squirrel near the baseball field. I had never seen one in the woods before. It scampered off before I could get anymore photos.
Along the way there were some milkweed flowers still in bloom. I believe this is a great spangled fritillary butterfly gathering nectar from the flowers. I have only seen a few butterflies this year and not a single monarch.
I also found some high bush blueberry bushes along the path. This is the peak season for “swampers” as we called them. In many past years I would have picked dozens of quarts by now but this year, because of some shoulder issues, I haven’t gotten out for any.
And these interesting jack-o-lantern mushrooms. They are poisonous and are noted for its bioluminescence. I have never seen it glow at night but this is how it got its name.
I love the many color of these ancient insects. Sorry I tried to identify them species I observed but it was more difficult than I thought it would be. I admire the people who study and can identify these delicate creatures.
There were hundreds of them as I walked along the shores of the lake. Most flew off before I could capture a photograph. However, I was able to photograph this one eating one of his distant cousins, a damselfly.
I also found some of these interesting indian pipes or ghost pipes. The interesting plants do not produce chlorophyll. They have parasitic relationship with fungi, which has a parasitic relationship with trees roots. They also are a medicinal plant. Native Americans used them to relieve pain and many other ailments.
There was so much to see in this small area, but, the afternoon sun had me exhausted and it was time to leave the many inhabitants of the insect world. This is a link to a gallery with more photos of the grasshoppers, dragonflies and other insects I saw on my hike. Community Park insects July 24 2020
Once again I was able to discover some more of the beauty of nature, and just a few miles from my home. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hikes in Community park this past week Community Park hike July 21, 24 2020.
Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.