Local Grown & Healthy
Went to the Hunger Mountain Food Coop to pick up some Braggs Uncultured Apple Cider Vinegar to make some Switchel along with some fresh local grown garlic and broccoli. Figured while I was in Montpelier might's well go to the Buy Local Market that was being held on the on the State House lawn between 10 - 2 PM today. They were promoting local grown, organic produce and healthy eating. Came home with some fresh local grown sweet corn, really tasty beef sticks and some outstanding pesto dip. The sky threatened rain but held off while I was there and was beginning to get pretty humid and steamy. Glad I decided to go.
......a leisurely early morning stroll down a quiet country lane following movements of light stirred by gentle breezes briefly touching wildflowers during August in Vermont.
Alien in the Dew
A very alien looking creature which is actually a female American Pelecinid Wasp. Scientific Name is: Pelecinus polyturator.
Coming of Age
A young Great Blue Heron I've been watching is now getting his adult/breeding plumage but he's met his match with a Canadian Goose mama who is hell-bent on keeping him away from her nearly fully grown clutch of goslings. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bitzyme/
One goose in particular (I named her Hillary) seemed to have a grievance with this Heron (I named him Bernie). Been watching geese for many years but this is the first time I've seen a goose chase off a Great Blue Heron.
The big guys are coming out in force now. Libellula luctuosa - Widow Skimmer
Young Great Blue Heron
Was about to head home when a couple of young Great Blue Herons showed up. Hadn't been at the reservoir for a while. Hardly any geese around this time of summer. Also saw, kingfishers and a few song birds. The wildflowers are blooming everywhere. Was fairly windy, but nice, not buggy. Very dark clouds were starting to come over so I headed back home.
Saw reports that some parts of Barre Town lost power today.. don't know why because storms aren't here yet. Perhaps their doing some preventative maintenance on some lines in anticipation of the storms headed our way later today and this evening. Might get interesting.
When I let the dog out this morning a young male cardinal was loudly testing his vocals while perched on the utility lines. He stayed for a while until he spotted me, then a big logging truck went by scaring him away. Heard him again hidden in the cedars a short while later, getting in lots of practice. Quite a conspicuous contrast between the cardinal and the utility pole's hardware.
Chelsea VT Annual Flea Market: While taking a lunch break I noticed horses on a hillside above the roof tops that overlooks the Flea Market. Was in the low 60's and rained off & on. Crowd wasn't as big as it normally is but they still kept on coming. Despite the weather I enjoyed my time there with lots of nice folks. Didn't take a lot of shots dodging the rain. Part of the time I sat by the trunk of a huge fir tree on my backpack/folding stool keeping me and the camera dry.. and chatting with others taking cover from the rain.
(Soggy) Chelsea VT Annual Flea Market: Was in the low 60's and rained off & on. Crowd wasn't as big as it normally is but they still kept on coming. Despite the weather I enjoyed my time there chatting with lots of nice folks. Didn't take a lot of shots dodging the rain. Part of the time I sat by the trunk of a huge fir tree on my backpack/folding stool keeping me and the camera dry.. and chatting with some nice folks also taking cover from the rain.
I'm a life long Vermonter living in the Barre Town VT area. My pleasure is capturing moments in nature. Through my photography, it is my hope to encourage or remind everyone to protect and preserve our beautiful State of Vermont for current and future generations. Eight consecutive years of shots I took during foliage season on my site plus other galleries. https://vermontperspectives.smugmug.com/