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  1. #1
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    Today's adventure

    This afternoon was a nice sunny but not too hot day, so we went as we sometimes do to Broadmoor, a local Audubon Society sanctuary. We always see turtles, sometimes frogs, and earlier this summer had seen the cygnets (baby swans) when they were small grey and fluffy, with their parents standing guard. Saw some ducks and some frogs.

    Today Paul got some great pictures, the swans are considered an invasive species and so are not beloved by the Audubon folks. We watched them eat the algae and small plants for a while, then they all lined up to change spots -- it was neat how they just naturally all fell into line!

    Papa is in the lead, and the fourth cygnet then mama are just out of the frame:


    It's amazing how big they are, but they are still dark grey.

    There were a couple very small painted turtles sunning themselves, here's Paul's best shot of one



    And the biggest delight was seeing a Great Blue Heron - it was pretty far from us, way out in the middle of the marshy area, so I think this shot came out extremely well ...



    And just a few others of it ...

    I've Been Frosted

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    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing these with us.
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    Nice pics! I love turtles!

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    We have a great blue who hangs around the pond on occasion. Haven't seen any turtles lately, though.

    That reminds me, I have to get some tree wrap to protect our apple trees from the deer this winter.
    The one eyed man in the kingdom of the blind wasn't king, he was stoned for seeing light.

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    Good shots, I had no idea swans were considered invasive, we don't have any over here. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
    Asiel

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    Great shots, Karen and Paul!! I love these pictures. I can never capture pics of a Great Blue Heron, so kudos to you for getting that shot, Paul!
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