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Nature Wildlife

Dolly Sods

Green Snake – Dolly Sods Wilderness area

Went to the Dolly Sods nature area in West Virginia this week. The sun came out making a cool and windy day a sunny cool and windy day. There were some birds out and about as well as this Green Snake. The snake was gathering some warm sunshine while stretched out in a Mountain Laurel bush. Not going to be many more days for this guy to take advantage of.

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General Nature Scenic Wildlife

Please Do Not Litter

Real world demonstration of litter in nature

Interesting find in the desert. Rusty old cans nearly gone except for the ends. The end caps are possibly made of aluminum and will take many more years to erode away than the cans. Seems like the right place to put the message.

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Birding Nature Scenic Travel Wildlife

Taking a break from winter

Anhinga, Orlando Wetlands, Florida, @Birds of a Feather, festival, @Palm Coast,
Anhinga Sunning

I took a break from the winter weather to attend the Birds of a Feather birding festival in Palm Coast, Florida. It was a great three days of birding and photography. I participated in three full-day outings and the evening event featuring Moose Peterson. There was fog, overcast, and sunny periods, each presenting a birding and photography challenge. This Anhinga was taking advantage of a sunny period to dry off and warm up after diving for a meal.

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Flowers Kenilworth Gardens Nature

A Lotus flower

Lotus, National Aquatic Gardens, Washington, DC, Anacostia River, pink, translucent, A Lotus Blossom catching some rays at the Kenilworth Gardens

 

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Dragonflies Nature

Dragon(flies) in the park

dragonfly, park, Kenilworth, festival, rain, Washington, DC,

There is a beautiful aquatic garden in Washington, DC along the Anacostia River. The main attractions are the ponds featuring waterlilies and lotus flowers. There is also a board walk over and into a wetlands area. It is a great place to see water birds, beavers, dragon flies, song birds and other small creatures.

I like to pick a spot where I see some dragon-fly activity and wait. I watch to see what they are doing. Dragon flies often have a favorite perch they use to observe what is going on. Many dragon flies are territorial and use this perch to watch out for intruders. Once I spot a dragon-fly I want to photograph, I’ll prefocus, lock it down and fire away. I often get several chances even if they fly away because of their habit of returning to the same spot.

I find photographing dragon flies a nice way to spend a few hours in nature. At Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, there are dozens of different types of dragon flies to try to capture.