Adirondack Chronicles 2020.4: Small is Beautiful

Adirondack Chronicles 2020.4: Small is Beautiful

Dragon

The bears have been a bit camera shy this summer, but no worries, some of the most beautiful creatures in the northern forest are the smallest, like that lovely dragonfly above and the always gorgeous clouded sulpher butterfly below.

sulpher butterfly

Monarch butterflies are back enjoying the milkweed where they lay their eggs:

Monarch butterflyThey have to share the sweet nectar with the look-alike fritillary butterfly and all the bees and other flying things:

butterfly

The smaller bees seem partial to the thistle that is now growing wildly all over the place:

bee and flower

I spied this hungry goldfinch devouring the cattails in a swamp along the road:

goldfinch bird

Overhead, a cedar waxwing was on the lookout for berries:

cedar waxwing bird

While down below this poor turtle did not appreciate a photographer interrupting his slow crawl across the sand:

turtle

Out on the lakes, the mother ducks are happy now that their chicks are growing strong:

duckAnd the surest sign of summer already waning are the sightings of lone loons now lazily paddling along by themselves, no longer foraging for minnows to feed their young:

loon

Nights are already cool here, and the pace begins to feel like a great winding-down — not that it was so wound-up this year with the impact of the pandemic.  I noticed a lot more people camping out in the back woods, and my friend tells me that most of the summer cabins have been rented for the entire season by people wanting to get out of the cities and the coronavirus dangers.  I’ve been glad to see that everyone up here is cooperating with mask rules, even the bears!

bear with mask