Posted by Marcia Dick August 22, 2012 09:17 AM
Medford photographer George McLean shares summer beauty from his favorite haunts, Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, and the Mystic Lakes:
"I staked out one of the few Rose of Sharon bushes at 'Sweet Auburn' for a few hours. and caught this beautiful female hummingbird. I love the detail. I was sitting at Auburn Lake last week [at the Sweet Bay Magnolia tree] and and had one feeding on a plant 4 feet from me. Much to close for my 400 mm lens to focus. I waited, but she never came back. Nature photography can be time consuming and frustrating, but that one picture can be so rewarding."
"Both the Monarch butterflies and the hummingbirds along with all sorts of migratory birds need water or nector. With droughts all over the country and vast areas on fire, I am afraid unless we help them there will be a lot that won't make it to their southern breeding and resting areas. Put out water and hummingbird feeders, perhaps we can help Mother Nature's children."
"In all my years, I have never seem a Great blue heron as beautiful as this! The feathering, coloring, and size. This guy has to be about 5 feet tall! He was sitting in a tree about 30 feet off the ground, on a dark, cloudy day. Suddenly the clouds parted for a moment and a ray of light peeked through. 'Click' I had my photo."