Summer safari in the backyard: Hunting photographic game at Jockey Hollow and Great Swamp

A Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Soveloveat Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Soveloveat Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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By Jeff Sovelove

My hobbies are hiking, photography, and cooking.

The first two usually are compatible, and so it was on a beautiful day in Jockey Hollow last Saturday.

A male Great Crested Flycatcher at the Great Swamp, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A male Great Crested Flycatcher at the Great Swamp, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

We saw a gorgeous pair of yellow Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies on the trail.

As a finale I took a walk through the Wick House garden, which is planted just as it would have been in the late 1700s.

It has flowers, edible plants such as summer and winter squash, and herbs. These naturally attract a range of visitors and the bees were busy pollinating everything in sight.

I was lucky enough to see a Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly also feeding on nectar.

On Sunday I decided to walk through the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge where I was greeted by a Great Crested Flycatcher, a very well camouflaged snapping turtle, box turtles, and numerous dragonflies.

You never know what you’ll see in the woods.

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove

A Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Soveloveat Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A male Great Crested Flycatcher at the Great Swamp, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A larger blue cousin of the dragonfly, at the Great Swamp, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Water lily about to bloom at the Great Swamp, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A beautiful red dragonfly at the Great Swamp, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A nice day for a swim in the swamp - if you're a turtle, at the Great Swamp, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Can you spot the snapping turtle in this picture? At the Great Swamp, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Flowers photographed at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Flower at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Wick House garden flower at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Flowers at Wick House garden at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Flower at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Flowers at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Flowers at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Flower outside Wick House at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Wick House flower at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Flowers at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Flowers at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Flower at Wick House at Jockey Hollow, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Flower at the Great Swamp, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Flower at the Great Swamp, July 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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