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 »

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 »

I love being surprised by something that I see on an outing. This little guy certainly did the trick Sunday in Huntley Meadows Park.

On a walk through a wooded section of the trail, a squirming mass with legs in the air caught our attention. “What is that?” Read the rest of this entry »

Saturday afternoon was great for reptiles at Huntley Meadows Park.

Near a familiar type of bush was a Rough Greensnake (Opheodrys aestivus aestivus) like I’ve seen in the past. This guy was smaller than the one I saw last time, with a body about the thickness of a pencil. Read the rest of this entry »

Between the seasons and the life cycles, one of the only things that’s certain in nature is change. Monday in Huntley Meadows I was startled to see the mother Merganser all alone standing on a log. Her young, five at last count, were nowhere to be found. Read the rest of this entry »

Saturday’s trip to Huntley Meadows Park was dominated primarily by snapping turtles.

When I initially arrived at the park, I was concerned when I saw a full parking lot, including a school bus. I hate heavy weekend traffic. Luckily on the trails I found a fairly loose distribution of visitors that allowed for some relatively effective shooting. Read the rest of this entry »

What I thought would be a bust turned out to be a day of great shots.

Thursday evening in Huntley Meadows I began the outing with my usual scan of the boardwalk area. I found very little until I rounded a corner and saw a familiar sight. Read the rest of this entry »