There were, of course, flowers everywhere.
A little bit of Yarrow
Sweet Pea everywhere.
And, Butterfly Weed, just beginning to bloom. You can see from the little flowers how it is related to Common Milkweed.
Somehow, Goatsbeard, gone to seed, always makes me think of geometry.
Insects abounded. The prize was probably this Eastern Black Swallowtail, which I almost passed right by, thinking it was just a dark spot in the grass.
But, there was also this pretty little mottled moth.
A dragonfly, briefly resting on the sand. For those of you who are new, this field is what we call "North of the Ridge." That means that it is part of what was once ancient Lake Ontario, and the soil is very sandy. "South of the Ridge" the soil almost immediately becomes full of clay. The Ridge is the end boundary of the lake.
A damselfly on more sand. Such a tiny little thing, and I only got this one shot before it flitted off.
But, I saved the most exciting, at least for me, thing for last. This is another example of how easy it is to miss things, and how it always pays to take a second glance. I was striding along the path, trying to build up my endurance, which, frankly, stinks right now. I saw a flash of white to my right, and didn't pay much attention. Then, it registered, and I backed up and took a second look. It was a milkweed, but a very unusual one. To my surprise what I saw was an albino milkweed, there, right by the pathway. It was very delicate looking, compared to the normal milkweed, but, correct in its form, just pure white. Man, that made my day!
What an exciting day in the Big Field. I had thought, when I took its picture, that the Eastern Black Swallowtail would be the highlight of the day, until I saw the albino milkweed. Just goes to prove, I guess, that there is always something interesting around the next bend.