I heard that the flowers on the Wetlands trail were getting good, so I headed out with my easel and pack. I walked along the trail, eyes peeled for a prospective composition. I came across some nice displays, fields of cone flowers, black-eyed susan and bergamot which were quite colorful, but there was no shade, no place to work comfortably other than setting up in the middle of the trail. I rounded the 1.3 mile mark, growing pessimistic that I would find a suitable place to paint. I did the spur trail off the Wetlands loop, finally coming to a nice view looking down on a pond, with fields full of Queen Ann’s Lace, yellow daisies, Bergamot, and cone flower. There was even a bench! It was in the full sun, but you can’t have everything. It was a beautiful day, and a dozen or so people walked by as I worked.
I also watched a pair of Red-Tailed hawks soar together, and listened to Towhees, Cardinals, Indigo Buntings, and Song Sparrows as I worked. On the walk back I saw a large Eastern Spiny soft-shelled turtle.