Submitted by Terri Duda, resident of the Village neighborhood of Tributary at New Manchester and amateur photographer/blogger at the A Girl, a Camera and a Dog blog.
Green Anole Lizard living well in New Manchester
The Tributary neighborhood is home to an extensive trail system that connects to Sweetwater Creek State Park. Neighbors have recently come together to expand the existing trails. Literally, just steps from my home are miles of trails to explore. This past spring, I took my camera on every hike and discovered the New Manchester area has a truly rich and diverse ecosystem.
Red Caesar Mushroom off the trails
On a typical hike, I see butterflies, wildflowers, plants, reptiles and an incredible variety of mushrooms. Once I started to look
for stuff, I was astonished at how much I missed before. With mushrooms for instance, there is an incredible diversity
. They seem to be everywhere this year, and the vast array of shapes and colors is astonishing. Some are choice edibles, like the kind people would pay top dollar for at the grocery store! They also make for great photography subjects. My obsession began when I began researching things on the web. I am putting together a digital scrapbook documenting what I have learned, which makes hiking so much fun, as each new romp in the woods brings another discovery and more photos to add to my growing scrapbook. It’s also very cool to see deer, wild boar, wild turkeys, hawks, blue heron and more-but they have been
Purple Passion Flower blooming in Georgia
very hard to photograph as they are typically moving away from the camera! I always take my dog, Copper, with me, because he loves it as much as I do and it makes solo hiking a bit safer.
Checkout my blog, A Girl, a Camera and a Dog, where I share my nature images, scrapbook pages and the interesting things I have learned.