Monthly Exposure .15th.

5.15.17

East River Valley Park // Ames, IA // The Daily Post

Another month, another photoshoot. East River Valley continues to bloom as we creep further towards summer. Everything was super green and vibrant, which I actually found a little more challenging to shoot. The consistent color throughout the trail made a lot of my photos look the same, and I struggled to find unique angles on the wildlife. One of the highlights of this trip, however, was seeing all of the bumblebees successfully pollinating (despite the anger that my sinuses are currently exuding from the pollen). The boil of Red Tailed Hawks was pretty freaking awesome too (fun fact: a “boil” is when two or more Hawks are spiraling in flight)

Bonus: the water was warm enough (wuddup 88 degree weather and shallow rivers) to stick my feet in.

I’m also catching up on some Daily Post photo challenges.

Since January, East River Valley has had a sign warning about a narrow trail that is not suitable for skiing/snowshoeing. For the past two months I couldn’t help but chuckle that this sign and barrier were still up despite the warm weather. Two weeks ago, the Daily Post challenge was about “danger.” I thoroughly enjoy the irony of the East River Valley caution sign; which has since been moved to the side of the trail.

Additionally, while Earth Day was a few weeks ago, I think that every day should celebrate the earth we live on, because we only have one. It is not “ours;” we do not own the Earth. Instead, earth is an entity that we are lucky enough to have access too. Let’s make sure to take care of it as it takes care of us. The bumblebees are such a prime example of this. If you like the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the materials you use on a daily basis – go plant some native flowers (it doesn’t have to be a massive garden; a small pot on your porch helps a ton too!) and create a bee/butterfly fueling station to aid these essential creatures as they pollinate the world around us.

Don’t know where to start in planting your bumblebee/butterfly garden? Check out the Blank Park Zoo’s Plant, Grow, Fly program!

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