Bayard Cutting Arboretum – May 6, 2012

Another great excursion yesterday! A good turnout by good people, and a lot of fun was had by all.

It was quite a bit of hiking, but worth every step. If you’ve ever been to the arboretum, you know that something new and beautiful is around every corner. If you’ve never been – go!

The day started off nicely, with a trek down to the dahlia gardens. Sadly they aren’t in bloom yet, but it is still amazing scenery for photos.

From there we worked our way down to the river where the crazy bald cypress roots stick out of the ground like angry gnomes. Along the way, we came across a poor baby goose that had been separated from its family. Matt, Kelly and I decided to play hero and rescue it, taking it to the cafe where a nice couple took it from us to return it to its family.

As if that wasn’t enough, we met a grumpy old snapping turtle. He was being shy, but Mike convinced him to come say hello.

After that, we wandered down the trail some more where butterflies swarmed us like we were made of nectar, making for some great shots. A final journey down the moss trail, which wasn’t as pretty as it will be soon, and the day was done.

Old friends and new, it was a successful day with lots of wonderful shots of nature, wildlife, macros and each other!

~ by Todd Kempf on May 7, 2012.

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