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 »

Wednesday in Holmes Run Park I dedicated a lot of my time to making plaster casts of raccoon tracks on the bank, but I was also able to see some other neat signs of animals.

Back in the woods on a steep hill I found a well-worn path that was only a few inches wide. Based on the width and the low-lying trees in that area, it isn’t a path for people. Read the rest of this entry »

Guess the baby bird

May 2, 2010

Happy May! Saturday I made a short scan of Holmes Run Park in Alexandria. Although I didn’t see anything too crazy, I did find a mystery baby bird.

This little guy was chirping away in a tree and kept it up long enough for me to find him (or her). Read the rest of this entry »

Birds, birds, birds! That seems to be all I’m getting these days. Don’t get me wrong – I think they’re great. I just crave a little variety thrown in the mix.

On Thursday I returned to Holmes Run Park, hoping the snow would have cleared to a point where easy navigation would have been possible, but that wasn’t the case. Read the rest of this entry »

Birding in Holmes Run Park

February 11, 2010

Over the past few days several large snowstorms have swept through the area. Although traveling over much distance was difficult, I was able to make some successful birding runs on Holmes Run Park.

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) in Holmes Run Park

Most of what I observed I’ve seen plenty of times before, but I was able to get some different perspectives. Read the rest of this entry »

Before getting into this post, I wanted to note that this is my 100th entry for this site. It’s been a pleasure and I’m looking forward to many more adventures ahead. Now on with the post!

Every day is different, even if exploring the same area. Thursday I visited Holmes Run Park in Alexandria and had a few unexpected finds, both animal and of the park in general. Read the rest of this entry »

Try and try again

January 14, 2010

With a lot of things, the more you do it the better the results. I’ve been spending a lot of time with the same subjects, because each time I get different aspects of their existence. I got the frame above a few days ago of a duck in Holmes Run in Alexandria. I feel like the water adds something nice and it just feels right.

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