What I Did on My (Involuntary, Unpaid) Vacation

As an employee of the State of Iowa in a federally supported position, the government shutdown has affected me.  As of now, I am laid off for fifteen work days.  That may change, but I expect to be out money and have time off as a result of this.  It could get better, and it could get worse.

Still, others have it a lot worse than I do.  And how can you complain about having a beautiful October day off?

So I drove down to the southern part of the state, to a county park called Slip Bluff Park.

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It’s a wooded area with some prairie plantings and an artificial lake.  As usual, I concentrated on the invertebrates.

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Look closely to the center left and you can see how well adapted the eastern comma is to live in the woodlands.  Especially when it closes its wings.

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A common buckeye basks in the sun.

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And this widow skimmer, though battered and old, shows vivid colors.

Overall, a pretty good day.

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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2 Responses to What I Did on My (Involuntary, Unpaid) Vacation

  1. Beautiful photos, especially the close up of the buckeye. The skimmer is just like one who visited here a few weeks back. What clarity in your photo. Am glad you found a peaceful way to spend the day. I vote for better… and soon. Take good care of yourself, WG

  2. Hope says:

    Make lemonade out of the lemons… ENJOY your time off! 🙂 Beautiful photography!

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