Thursday’s trip to Huntley Meadows was interesting from a number of perspectives.

Most notably I was able to watch a Green Heron (Butorides virescens) that was pointed out to me by a fellow park visitor. Read the rest of this entry »

Thanks to lower temperatures and humidity, I had perfect outing conditions Wednesday in Huntley Meadows.

When I first scanned the boardwalk area, I noticed an abundance of frogs. Unlike past visits where they just sit still and bake in the sun, a number of them were slowing walking through the water. Although that seems minor, I guess it speaks to their preference for moderate temperatures.

It wasn’t until I reached a buttonwood tree that I saw something a little different. Read the rest of this entry »

The past few times I’ve been out, I’ve noticed dry conditions and lower water levels. Mother nature worked a little magic on Monday and opened up the skies for some serious rain.

It didn’t last very long, but I’m sure it will be a help to the local flora and fauna. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s no broad theme to describe Saturday’s afternoon trip through Huntley Meadows besides hot. I’m not talking a ‘roll up your sleeves’ kind of hot, but rather the muggy steamy feeling like your head is against an iron hot.

The smart animals stuck close to the water, and so did I. Read the rest of this entry »

If I had to choose, I’d say the latter was a better description of Huntley Meadows on Thursday in Alexandria. Dragonflies are out in full force.

Weather conditions lately in Northern Virginia have created high heat and humidity. Some sources put Thursday’s temps around 100. Let’s just say it’s warm. Read the rest of this entry »

What started last week as a visit to Chappaquiddick Island to see the Cape Poge Lighthouse soon turned into a sandy trek through Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge.

Over the course of my week in Martha’s Vineyard, the lady and I had visited four out of the five lighthouses on the island. The Cape Poge Lighthouse was the only one left on our list. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s hard to describe a region with such diverse environments and rich history in a few paragraphs, but I’ll attempt to give you a brief overview.

Menemsha Beach

Getting to the island from the mainland of Massachusetts is relatively easy by way of a ferry that shuttles passengers and their cars. The ferry departs Woods Hole, Mass. and arrives about 45 minutes later at Vineyard Haven on the island. Read the rest of this entry »

New York, you stink

June 21, 2010

As some of you know, I was in Martha’s Vineyard for the past week. Although photography wasn’t my main emphasis while I was there, I’m still going to be posting about some of my experiences over the next few days. Read the rest of this entry »

My apologies for not having posted in a while. Let’s just say I was spending some quality time in Shenandoah National Park.

Frogs and feathers

June 2, 2010

When navigating Huntley Meadows Park these days, be ready for a lot of vegetation.

Despite storms in the afternoon, Tuesday evening was nice in the park. The humidity was high, but the mosquito count was low. Read the rest of this entry »