Posted by Marcia Dick October 8, 2012 09:40 AM
As fall descends, Medford photographer George McClean looks back at a beautiful summer and looks ahead as nature prepares for the winter:
"This has to be one of my best butterflies this summer! I know the fall is here, but let me give you one more summer beauty.
"I just received an e-mail from Morwen Two Feathers, who is leading the 'butterfly clan' this weekend in celebration and requested some butterfly photos for the clan.
"I directed her to my flickr account, George.mclean43, and told her take what she wants.
"Morwen was one of the Native American drummers I photographed this summer who celebrated the forest and the earth with dance and drums in the silver maple forest in Belmont.
"I dedicate this photo to the natural world and the butterfly clan."
"This is a wood duck, one of the most beautiful ducks I have seen. i find a lot of wood duck males following mallard females vigorously as with this guy, showing of his plumage in his courting dance.
"In the last several weeks I have seen many varieties of birds stripping trees of their berries. Now, if I can evict the raccoon that is tearing holes in the roof of my 100-year-old home, I would be a lot happier.
"I have just downloaded about 400 images from the last three weeks. I found a tree loaded with migrants yesterday. I spent four hours with them and another photographer, Ken from Framingham.
"It was dark under the tree where the birds were everywhere, so we switched to an auxiliary flash. As an old-time public relations photographer, I have used flash for the last 40 years or so.
"Here is my first shot: I froze this beautiful little 3-inch bird in flight."