Common Loon

Well, I finally bit the bullet and bought a telephoto lens. This loon gallantly posed for my first trial run! More to come . . .
Common Loon
Photographed August 1st, 2015 in the Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada.

Tufted Loosestrife

Here’s something new: tufted loosestrife (Lysimachia thyrsiflora L.), also known as water loosestrife. I happened to stumble across it today at Paul Smiths. It occurs in the northern US and Canada, but has never been documented in Franklin County. It’s a wetland species, ranked S4 (apparently secure) in New York, but is threatened in New Hampshire.

The Snapper

As I watched this snapping turtle lay her eggs, I wondered how old she was. Some live up to a century, but I think this one saw the dinosaurs.
Snapping Turtle
Photographed June 13th, 2015 in the Bloomingdale Bog, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Park, New York.

Labrador Tea

Success. Not only was Arethusa flowering, but more was discovered! I’ll be returning tomorrow to wade through the water and conduct a formal count. In other news, labrador tea was in full bloom.
Labrador Tea
Labrador Tea in Full Bloom
Photographed June 13th, 2015 in the Bloomingdale Bog, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Park, New York.

A New Year

The snow is steadily melting in the forest and revealing last year’s tenacious greenery. Here Canada dogwood, tattered from a tough winter welcomes the sunshine of a new year.
Canada Dogwood
Photographed today in Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Mountains, New York.