Well friends, my apologies for the delay in posting. I’ll be rolling out new posts soon, but here is a short one to tide you over.

The photos from this outing in Huntley Meadows, predictably, are a bunch of herons navigating slowly in the downpour.

As I fled, I noticed that the toads came out in mass along all the wooded paths. I’m not sure if they liked the rain, or just couldn’t hide for fear of drowning.

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 »

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 »