End of August, finds the wetlands of Great Meadows not wet at all. In fact it’s quite the opposite after a summer with little rain coupled with the Fish and Wildlife Service drawing down water levels in order to stimulate a healthier variety of vegetative and invertebrate population growth in the refuge. So with the Upper Pool’s marsh now a small stream flowing through a flat of dry, lotus filled mud, a Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) perches on the banks looking out for catfish, allowing me to step out onto the flats for a “bird’s eye view” of a great heron in a sea of summer lotus.
August 27 2013, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord, Massachusetts USA
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Focal length 18mm (101mm SLR equivalent), 1/500 sec at f/8, ISO 200