Chillaxin’ at a Tiny Lake

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On the Friday before Labor Day weekend, I left work early and drove home by a different route. I had forgotten about this very small lake in Scottsdale and have not been there in years. I had a feeling someone special might be there and I was right. It always seems special to me to see a beautiful Great Egret.

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I love the catchlight in his eye above (click photo to enlarge).

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He found my interest annoying and flew to the other side but that didn’t daunt me, I followed him around…although I had to walk 🙂

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He was so gorgeous I couldn’t stop snapping and he was kind enough to let me get fairly close.

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This was my first glimpse of him, above. It almost looks like autumn but it’s nowhere near to it here in Phoenix.

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A squirrel family resides there, too. I saw several but they were shy and ran back down their hole.

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And ducks, of course, congregate anywhere there is water. This female Mallard had just hopped out of the water (click to see the water drops on her feathers).

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Such a quiet little secluded lake. A couple people were fishing when I arrived but they left and, other than animals, I only saw one or 2 others riding their bicycles through. A perfect beginning to a holiday weekend…

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