Go Take A Hike!

 

As those of you who follow my blog know, I’m an avid hiker. I always get excited when I find out about a new trail (especially when it’s one nearby where I live that I never knew about).

 
Recently, I found out about two new trails (both were rather short, only about a mile each) not too far from my town. If that wasn’t awesome enough, on my way to find the trail head, I passed this little pond/lake/stream area and notices something I‘d never seen before. At first I wasn’t sure what I was looking at. The water was littered with greenery and little blobs of white. Pulling off to the side of the road and getting out of my car, I realized that I was looking at lily pads and wild Lotus blossoms! I’d only ever seen Lotus blossoms in pictures and in nature documentaries on TV. I’d never seen one up close in real life and I had no idea they even grew in the wild in Maine. Needless to say, I was super excited! They were beautiful!

 

Lotus Blossom 1

 

Lotus Blossom 2

 

Lotus Blossom 4

 

I got a little creative with this shot in post production…

 

Lotus Blossom 3 (Artistic)
Now, this wasn’t meant to be a pretty shot, I just wanted to give folks an idea of how many there were (and this is only a fraction).

 

Lotus Blossom Pond

 

 

Then, on the first trail, as I was hiking along, I came across this little guy (or gal). Again, I’d never seen anything like this and I’ve seen my share of insects.

 

Metallic Blue Dragonfly

 

 

I saw a green one on the second trail…

 

Metallic Green Dragonfly

 

 

But backtracking to the first trail, I came across an old abandoned truck, but I’ll tell you about that next week and share some shots I took seeing as this post is already pretty image packed.
So, folks, go take a hike! You just never know what you’re going to find when you get out in nature! [-_^]

 

 

 

Until next time…
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~A.M.

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