Happy as a frog on a lilypad (photo above). Well, yes, that’s how I feel to be back in the Adirondacks, at last! Cool nights, bright days, the scent of balsam fir pervading the air everywhere. This time of year up here in the north country, the “wild things” are abundant in the forest and on the lakes and streams, The historic wisdom of New York State in keeping the century-old commitment to the “Forever Wild” state of the Adirondack forest preserve should be a lesson in wise environmental stewardship for our nation.
I was especially pleased to see a monarch butterfly on some just-opening milkweed (photo below); I did not see any monarchs during the last two years and they are in decline worldwide because of the destruction of their breeding habitat — the milkweed along roads and fields that too often is cut down or destroyed chemically.
Nearby, a ladybug and some spidery friends (below) chomped their way around a milkweed bud.
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