Monthly Archives: January 2014

Carolina Chickadee

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Photograph of a Carolina Chickadee hanging under a lichen covered branch

The Carolina Chickadee is a common bird in the Southeastern United States.  I photographed this one in Shenandoah National Park but we get plenty of them visiting our backyard bird feeders throughout the year.  They are gregarious, often congregating with Titmice, vocal, and pretty acrobatic.  As you can see in this photo, they frequently hang under branches to find food.

Carolina Chickadees are also quite small.  According to allaboutbirds.org they only weight between 0.3-0.4 oz (8-12g).  Every winter, when it gets really cold I wonder how they survive.  Thankfully they do.

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Melting Icicle

photograph of a drop of water dripping from an icicle

Earlier this month I visited Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.  Nearly all the west facing rocks had large icicle formations on them.  On my way out of the park I decided to stop and get some photos of the icicles.  Since it had been above freezing they were all slowly melting.


Woolly Bugger

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photograph of a wooly bugger or wooly bear caterpillar

I nearly stepped on this caterpillar while hiking in early January.  Legend has it the area between the black stripes on the woolly bugger or woolly bear caterpillar indicates how mild or harsh the winter will be.  The larger the area between the black stripes the milder the winter is supposed to be.  Since the rear black stripe can’t even been seen in this photo the caterpillar prediction is for a pretty mild winter.

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Bare Tree In Big Meadow

photograph of a bare tree in a meadow with a crow sitting on top of it

A crow watches the field below from a barren tree in the Big Meadow area of Shenandoah National Park.


Curious White-Tailed Deer Fawn

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photograph of a white-tailed deer fawn

This White-Tailed Deer fawn kept looking up to see what I was doing as I approached.  I never got close enough for it to move away but it kept pretty close tabs on what I was up to.  Luckily the lighting worked in my favor and I was able to capture this image with a catch light in the deer’s eye.

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Pine At The Top Of The Hill

photograph of a lone pine tree on the crest of a hill with a blue sky behind it

This pine stands alone near the top of a hill, in a meadow at Shenandoah National Park.

 


Resting White-Tailed Deer

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Photograph of a whilte-tailed deer resting in a meadow

About a week ago I visited the Big Meadow section of Shenandoah National Park, specifically looking for deer.  As I walked through the meadow I noticed this White-Tailed Deer watching me.  I was able to get much closer, the deer in the park are quite used to people, but I like this image of the meadow with the deer resting in it.

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