One of the most fulfilling experiences I've ever had in the natural world took place as the sun was setting. I was out for an evening stroll with my mother along the water, and as we walked along in the relative silence of the twilight, an entire ecosystem unfolded before us. We watched dragonflies skimming through the reeds on their evening hunt, saw kingbirds soaring over our heads, and watched a Snapping Turtle settling down into the mud. We even got the chance to see a beaver emerge from its lodge and head out for a night of collecting sticks. The night was quiet and beautiful, and because the sun was setting, we avoided the worst of the day's heat.