A measure of High Point State Park's diversity might be the variety of interesting fauna and flora to take pictures of - in two days I accumulated enough photos to produce a month's worth of blogs (if I chose to torment you so). One wonders, however, one living in Cape May in particular, whether familiarity with the home turf has bred a bit of complacency if not contempt. It's true, I could easily stroll a beach and photograph Sanderlings, plovers, gulls, terns, shells, sand grains, waves, dolphins. And have, many many times. Yeah, there's plenty to see down here in southern NJ.
Nonetheless, High Point rocks the naturalist.
I find myself getting hooked on dragonflies more with each species I find. They're like the hawks of the insect world: hunters, aerialists - and in fabulous funky colors. And they behave - I mean, they do stuff, have fascinating behaviors, unique postures and flight styles. Like the Eastern Amberwing at the the top of this post. Male amberwings patrol an egg-laying site and lead females to it, hovering with abdomen raised while hoping the female accepts him, or the territory. If she likes them both, they mate.