Tag Archives: Appalachia

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.

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Canada Violet

photograph of a Canada Violet growing in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA

Canada Violet

This Canada Violet was growing along a hiking trail in Shenandoah National Park when I was there last May.


Mountain Pool, Dark Hollow Falls

Photograph of a pool in a stream in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA

I love these mountain pools in Shenandoah National Park.  This one is downstream from Dark Hollow Falls but you can find scenes like this throughout the park.

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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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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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