I spent a good part of Wednesday morning, before work, at Hinckley Lake. The weather was nice and I wanted to get out of the house and catch some tranquility before heading to the office. I watched a pair of Great Blue Herons posturing and eyeing each other. They were a bit distant for dramatic photos. So, from the waters’ edge, I shot a few images for the record but mostly watched the slender birds practice their slow motion choreography. Walking back along the path I made efforts at photographing some back-lit plants. Those images, it turned out, were not in good focus — manual focus on ground glass is not very precise and I wish for a split-focus screen for my camera (sadly lacking). Back at the boathouse, however, I caught sight of monarch butterflies feeding off bright yellow coneflowers. I shot many exposures of the orange and black beauties. Shown above is my pick of the bunch.