Storm Gathering Over The Rappahannock

HDR photograph of storm clouds gathering over the Rappahannock River in Virginia

My friends I and were on a multiday canoe trip on the Rappahannock River in July.  One evening we rounded a bend in the river to see massive storm clouds building down river.  Fortunately the storm took an alternate course and we were spared scrambling ashore to wait it out.

 

 


Eastern River Cooter

Photograph of an Eastern River Cooter on the Rappahannock River in Virginia

This small Eastern River Cooter was basking on a sunny log in the Rappahannock River as a paddled my canoe past it last July.  I don’t know much about the turtles of Virginia so I may have misidentified this one.


Goldfish And Water Lilies

HDR photograph of goldfish and water lilies at the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts

Goldfish and water lilies at the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, VA.


Carolina Chickadee, II

photograph of a Carolina Chickadee on a branch

This Carolina Chickadee hopped around on this branch and never sat still for long.  Shortly after I took this picture two younger Carolina Chickadees appeared.  They must have been recently fledged and following mom (or dad) around to learn the ways of the world.

Weighing in at only 0.3 – 0.4 ounces (8 – 12 grams), the tiny Carolina Chickadees always inspire me.  How can something so small endure everything nature throws at it?  From snowy winters to droughts and heat waves, these little birds somehow endure it all.

Please click on the image above to see a larger copy of it.

 

 


Mountain Stream, Dark Hollow Falls

photograph of a mountain stream and waterfall in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA

The fixed, hard stone provides an ideal path for water to rush down the mountain.  The stone may seem immobile and rigid but in time it will be defeated by the steady pounding of the water and the quiet, patience of the moss.  For now they share this space and offer a beautiful, peaceful spot to sit and rest.


American Goldfinch, female

photograph of a female American Goldfinch on a branch

During the breeding season the American Goldfinch has beautiful, bright yellow plumage that turns to a sort of olive green in the fall.  This female, decked out in her summer plumage, looks curious about something.  The males are similarly colored but sport a prominent black cap as part of their breeding plumage.

 


Ferns, I

photograph of ferns growing in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA

This post was inspired by Brenda of A Meditative Journey with Saldage.  When I saw these ferns they reminded me of the type of image she frequently posts.  That being said, I’m sure she would have done a far better job with them than I did.


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