Monday, May 30, 2016

Geese at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on a spring day

During spring break we visited many places. One place I'd never spent any time at was Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, which is located in Chantilly, which is located on the western end of Fairfax County. During our afternoon we saw numerous critters - land, water and air. 

Over the next few posts I'm going to highlight some of the wonderful nature we saw. Today I wanted to share some photos of geese that were chilling out in the pond.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
I liked how the reflections came out in this one

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
Swimming over to shore
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
"Yeah, I'm talkin' to you!", says the goose

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
Time for lunch!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rainy day azaleas and bugs

We've had almost three straight weeks of daily rain here in Northern Virginia, some days lighter than others. An upside of having so much rain is that the water that falls is so pretty. 

One morning during a reprieve I went out to take some photos of the recently bloomed azaleas. These photos are the result.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Raccoons stop by to have a late dinner

These raccoons decided to stop by for a late dinner at the end of April. We were visiting family in New York and were fascinated that these critters crept up the deck to share food with the feral cats. 

I hadn't seen a raccoon in the wild since I left New York and had forgotten how bold they can be. Usually, raccoons are critters I won't get too close to, but these guys seemed more afraid once spotting the humans.


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Road trips: Gazing upon Pennsylvania clouds

We recently spent a weekend in Pennsylvania's lovely Poconos. Despite the fact it was rainy and cold for most of our time there, it was a nice weekend. It was 42 - 47 degrees driving home until we reached the southern part of the state, but the views, blue skies and clouds made it appear as if it was really the mid-May day it was. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Goose swimming in the tidal basin gives a wave

Took this photo of this goose "waving" at the crowd. One of those rare moments I catch wildlife in motion. This shot was taken during the cherry blossom peak down in Washington, D.C.

Tidal Basin, Washington, DC

Monday, May 16, 2016

'Mailbox bees' share a kiss

Every spring carpenter bees come live in our mailbox post and drill another hole or two. Not too long ago I watched them dance around a bit (there were four of them) and I caught these two "kissing" repeatedly. I wasn't quick enough to catch them in the act by the time I got my camera out, but came close. 

We call these flying critters our "mailbox bees". 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Wildflowers at Chapman's Mill (Broad Run, Virginia)

Last weekend we took a ride out to Chapman's Mill in Broad Run, Virginia. After we explored the mill, I couldn't help but notice the wildflowers that were scattered in a few places surrounding the structure. I have seen these for years on the East Coast and I don't know what they are called. I've been calling them wild daisies.

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