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I planted small sunflower plants this year. The deer left them alone since they had so much else to eat. The one below adorned a side of our driveway.


In the spring and early summer Sayen Gardens was the ideal place for photographing flowers. One day, their pond looked milky white (I don’t know why) and the few plants showing through the water got an unusual and striking background. The following shot is in monochrome.

Conifer in pond at Sayen Gardens.

My year-round favorite place is the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. In these days of coronavirus, it is the perfect place to find fresh air and solitude. Audubon groups of birdwatchers with their binoculars came there almost every day, but they tended to congregate at places near the entrance to the refuge. I prefer to drive on the 8-mile long Wildlife Drive.

Some of Edwin B. Forsythe NWR marshes as seen from Wildlife Drive.

In the summer familiar, and sometimes unusual, butterflies abound along Wildlife Drive.

Monarch butterfly with damaged wing.
Big Eyes, a butterfly I had never seen before.

Egrets were in abundance at the refuge and provided many photo opportunities.

Snowy Egret.
Snowy Egret in monochrome.