Saturday the lady and I tried something new and spent the better part of the day in the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch near San Antonio.

This 400-acre wildlife park is a drive-through adventure with hundreds of native and exotic animals.

With pellets provided by park, many of the animals come right up to you. Read the rest of this entry »

A killer whale (Orcinus orca) waves to a crowd Saturday during a performance at SeaWorld San Antonio.

Animals are capable of many amazing things. That talent was on full display Saturday when the lady and I took a trip to SeaWorld San Antonio. Read the rest of this entry »

Seek the hidden

March 29, 2011

The sound of scurrying lizards is pretty unique. For a while on Saturday, it was all I heard. As I walked the trails in San Antonio’s McAllister Park, I heard the noise near every tree, but the creatures remained elusive. And then there was this guy.

Meet the Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus). This little guy was a model subject. Granted, it got a little freaked out when I kept staring at it through a lens, but I can’t say I blame it. Read the rest of this entry »

Update from down south!

March 21, 2011

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The last time I blogged was in August of 2010. Hopefully I can start making up for that.

A lot has happened since last summer. I’ve left the beautiful state of Virginia and now live in San Antonio, Texas. To say the scenes are different would be an understatement. The days are longer, the air is drier, oh – and have you heard – Texas is a little warmer than Virginia. Read the rest of this entry »

Earlier this week I had a great outing in Huntley Meadows Park. Among the highlights were another green heron, adorable beavers and un-photographed raccoons/fox.

Recent rains have replenished the water supply in the park and the boardwalk area was active with a variety of life. Read the rest of this entry »

As humans we don’t think about what it takes to grow. It just happens. For animals that molt, there is a very different process.

Over the weekend I watched this curious behavior with a cicada in the Shenandoah Valley. Read the rest of this entry »

Saturday I was able to make a run on the JMU Arboretum in Harrisonburg.

It was great to be back. In the past, I’ve had luck at the venue with birding, and this weekend didn’t disappoint either. Read the rest of this entry »

Terror from the skies

July 9, 2010

While it might sound a little dramatic, it’s still true – on my Wednesday visit to Huntley Meadows, I was under attack. An aerial attack, to be specific.

My typical scan of the park began to turn into something else when I reached the main overlook. Glancing upward I noticed swallows circling. Without a second’s delay, one turned toward me from about 50 feet up and dove DIRECTLY for my head. Then another. And another. And another. Read the rest of this entry »

With the summer heat, the landscape of Huntley Meadows is changing.

The wetlands are drying out, but that environmental change has allowed for some new observations. Read the rest of this entry »

There is evil lurking in the shadows. No wait, that’s just a killer frog.

Until recently I thought all that bullfrogs had to fear were birds, snakes and the occasional snapping turtle. Wow. Was I wrong. To my more squeamish readers, don’t scroll down and just stop now. You’re welcome. Read the rest of this entry »