Here's the big view of what I could see (in the low light of a cloudy evening) from the road:
The following pic is the result of fiddling with one's camera settings despite not having read the manual:
Behold! The wonders of a wide-open aperture and high ISO, without a tripod. See the two blurry blue areas? Those are bluebirds (blur-birds) taking off. I can't wait until all these clouds are gone, and we get some decent sun.
Here are some ducks flying over--UPDATE: Canada Geese, thanks to new commenter Richard, whose blog looks cool!--and you can tell how dark it is by this time (it was close to 7pm):
I debated with myself about whether to crop out the little guy to the left, but I finally just left him in. Cropping is an art form, and if I were printing this to mount on my wall or something, I'd likely have cropped out the guy on the left. But here--well--I just couldn't decide.
Long-time readers will remember that the marsh owners, Greg and Mary Kay Williams, added a boardwalk and viewing station to the marsh last year:
The purple loosestrife may be dead, but it's still clogging up the entire marsh. Here's what it looks like from the viewing platform:
Were the loosestrife gone, you could probably see the large pond (at least one end of it).When I got back to my yard, I remembered to check a spot where I found one little morel mushroom last year. Here's what I found last night:
Is that a young morel, I wonder? I'll keep checking.