Huntley Meadows On A Spring Evening

Free time has been a precious commodity lately. So, when Marie and I had a little free time a couple of weeks ago, we decided to take a short walk through Huntley Meadows Park. The first picture is of a red-winged blackbird. They have a habit of perching on the topmost branch of a tree, bush, or even a cat-tail. When I was young, I would watch them as they landed on the tops of reeds while fishing along the Chesapeake Bay. The female of the species looks nothing like the male (which is easy to spot with their red and yellow wing patches).

This looks like Wood Anemone (Anemone Quinquefolia) although I'm not sure if it is a variant or not.  These were blooming in large patches under the forest canopy. This species likes damp, almost swampy areas, and Huntley Meadows fits the bill.

And the Canada geese were out honking up a storm.  They like to browse for greens in the lightly flooded areas. These birds can get quite large. The light was failing and we had to play around with the ISO settings to get this photo. We're still learning about taking pictures under adverse conditions.

We were also visited by a Great Blue Heron. This one was stalking the shallows hunting small fish and tadpoles.


Froggy went a-courtin' and he did ride, uh-huh. Didn't see Ms. Mousie. 

These bullfrogs were hiding in a hollow stump. Because of that, and the waning evening light, I had to use the camera's flash. That's why the eyes look somewhat like bluish opals. 

We also saw quite a few snapping turtles, a wood duck, and what might have been an American Coot. I'm not all that familiar with them, so I'm not sure.

Well, that was our little hike at Huntley Meadows! We'll invite you back again sometime for more pictures!

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