Two Wood Ducks I found swimming in the little Choconut Creek at the water shed on site 2 area. The ducks were definitely camera shy and stayed away from me. The little Choconut Creek has four watersheds on it that help protect Johnson City and Binghamton from flooding. Site 2 is the most popular one of the sheds for nature buffs to hike and fish. It also has a dedicated Dog Park area as well. At one time in the distant past the area was my family’s Farm property. The farm was called Pine Grove. I do believe it was one of the largest and one of many that supported the Pine Grove dairy industry around here at that time. The barn burned down in the winter of 1976 and a small Baptist Church sits where it used to be. It brings back a lot of fond memories of me haying the fields, driving the tractors, running the equipment and just growing up around the farm.
2 Some recent shots that I have taken over the last few weeks. The first is taken at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls New York. I caught a quick glimpse of this Tundra Swan before he took off and disappeared over the horizon. He makes the Canada Geese look small to him in comparison. All of the next few images are from a local park called Otsiningo Park on Binghamton's North side. Hope you enjoy these. 14 Canada Geese standing along the shore at Otsiningo Parks large pond near the main entrance. 1 This lovely Pond has five weeping willow trees around it and as the summer comes forth they really make a nice beautiful place to take pictures near. It is a quite special little place. 2 One of the main paved paths in the park that parallels the Chenango River. You can usually find quite a few people out walking or jogging on it at any given time of day. I had to wait for this shot a few minutes for the people to clear the far corner to get an empty background without people. 1 A Red Fox that I saw on one occasion along the river's edge but unfortunately he was one of the winter's casualties here this year. After the shot was taken he was captured, I found out later, and euthanized. He was found to have the rabies infection that affects the animal's nervous system and will eventually kill him on his own. He did look to be in bad shape and to see one that close is unusual around here. The next shot shows him a little more and the condition he was in, poor thing. His tail had almost no hair on it and he could not really open his eyes at all. He passed about some 40 feet in front of me, or so, at that point before disappearing in the next line of thickets and shrub trees. 4