A Beautiful Spring Sunday

Red Admiral Butterfly
Red Admiral Butterfly

John and I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon at one of my favorite places, Corson’s Inlet State Park. The weather was next to perfect, not too hot, not too cool with just enough breeze to keep the gnats away. John was armed with his camera, I with my binoculars and my trusted canine companion, Scruffulous F. Dogg.

As we packed our equipment, drinks and water bowl for Scruffy into our bag, I knew it was going to be a special day. Corson’s Inlet State Park is a natural beach located at the far southern end of Ocean City, New Jersey. Corson’s Inlet was established in 1969 to protect and preserve one of the last undeveloped tracts of land along New Jersey’s oceanfront. Here you can see terns, black skimmers, American oystercatchers, fiddler crabs, ghost crabs, all kinds of shellfish, many native plants, shrubs and trees.

We were lucky enough to see some colorful spring ‘visitors’ as we explored the inlet! Red admirals, painted ladies and American ladies were flitting around on the black cherry trees that were flourishing in the dunes. As John snapped photos of these colorful Lepidoptera, I scanned the trees in the dunes with my specs. What was that flash of yellow?  Is it a warbler? What kind? Why can’t it stay still for more than a split second? Oh, wait, there is another one! And another!  What are they eating in the cherry trees? Is that a caterpillar? Cool! John, quick, take another photo! What a great afternoon!

As we waded back along the water’s edge, the terns and gulls calling overhead, the waves lapping at our feet, the stress finally left my body through the tips of my toes and drifted away on the salty waves.

American Lady
American Lady
Magnolia Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
American Oystercatchers
American Oystercatchers
Yellow Warbler--Female
Yellow Warbler--Female

Glasswort or Saltwort
Glasswort or Saltwort

All phantastic photographs were taken by my honey, John.

When leaving comments, please tell him how good his pictures are!

12 thoughts on “A Beautiful Spring Sunday

  • June 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    Permalink

    i miss u sooooooooooooooo much! <3<3<3<3

    Reply
  • June 22, 2010 at 10:46 am
    Permalink

    wow!!! what you did on the weekend was a cool thing. did you enjoy what you did? do you still have the mallard ducklings?

    Reply
    • June 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm
      Permalink

      Mark,
      Yes, we still have the ducklings! John and his daughter Brie have been taking care of them. They really love it at his house because he has a pond for them to swim in!

      ~ML

      Reply
  • June 22, 2010 at 10:02 am
    Permalink

    Ms.Lenahan I like the story at the beginning. These pitcures are awesome foe real Ms.Lenahan. The two mallard ducks in the box at the top. I wish I saw a real mallard duck in real life at the refuge. I might come to the refuge on Friday next week. Have a nice day Ms Lenahan. Bye!

    Reply
  • June 22, 2010 at 9:57 am
    Permalink

    Ms. Lenahan you posted awsome pictures on your blog. I love how you saw soo many kinds of birds at Corson’s Inlet State Park. John took some amazing pictures. I wish I could see some black cherry trees. I think I could go to Corson’s Inlet.

    Reply
  • June 13, 2010 at 5:48 pm
    Permalink

    Hi,John and Ms.lenahnan i can’t wait fir tommorow and can you please tell john i said Happy Birthday!!!!!

    Reply
  • May 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    Permalink

    Wow!! I love those pictures. Yoy shore did have a great sunday, i wish i can go to that beach! Ms.lenahan do know if the American lady is a female or a male. Well bye and have a great day.

    Reply
  • May 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm
    Permalink

    Ms.Lenahan how can you tell that warbler is a female?

    Reply
  • May 19, 2010 at 9:07 pm
    Permalink

    Great Blog Mary. It is so professional. John’s pictures are great. He is a real artist. I love the warbler.

    Reply
  • May 18, 2010 at 8:48 am
    Permalink

    Wow! The photos are great, so clear. Sounds like you enjoyed the perfect Sunday! I’m going to be sure to walk by the ocean soon. I want my stress to go out to sea too! Super blog, thanks.

    Reply
  • May 18, 2010 at 5:54 am
    Permalink

    Sounds like you two spent a day in Paradise! John, have you posted any of your work on Flickr? My favorite from this bunch is the photo of the glasswort. Looking forward to the next post & photos.

    Reply
    • May 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm
      Permalink

      @Ruth Cohenson,

      Sorry Teacher Ruth, I don’t have any of my pictures posted on Flickr. I am glad that you liked them though. Too bad the Glasswort is not a native plant, it really looks cool.

      Reply

Leave a Reply to Mary Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to toolbar