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What’s good: Hanging out in the Great Swamp

Two trees reach for the sky at the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, a part of NJ Audubon Society.

Two trees reach for the sky at the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, a part of NJ Audubon Society.

Today had to be one of the top five weather days of the year. Clear skies, low humidity and nice temperatures made for a perfect day.  So I headed off to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and NJ Audubon’s Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Refuge. They are about five miles apart and only 15 minutes from my house.  At the Audubon center, I walked one of their trails and saw two trees that had grown together and were tall and straight. They had grown together at the base but became more separated the higher they grew.

As I was leaving, the Audubon people showed me some bear bones. The bear was killed on a highway and they put the bear in the woods to get “cleaned” naturally. It only took two weeks for the coyotes, buzzards and bugs to get rid of the flesh. I wouldn’t have thought of using nature to clean the the meat and fun off of roadkill, but it was effective. It is good to know what to do with any dead bears I may have in the future. Now the bones are in a cardboard box.

Close up shot of a flower pedal.

Close up shot of a flower pedal.

I went over to the Great Swamp, which is pretty dry since we haven’t had much rain this summer. I did some macro work on wild flowers. I have to do more research to see what kind of flower it was, all I know it was pretty.

Two great white egrets in the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.

Two great white egrets in the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.

I spotted an egret, so I stopped the car and went back. There were three of them in the shallow water. One didn’t move and the other two walked around stalking food. They did a couple of spears, but I didn’t see them catch anything. After a burst of pictures, I noticed a black blob in my pictures. The shutter on my camera blew out. It is a pro camera that hasn’t had near enough actuations for the shutter to go out. Bummer.

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