My Grandmother used to call these brown anoles “tiny dinosaurs”. It’s easy to see why. I photographed this one on the side of a tree in Florida last winter.
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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.
This fallen log, in Pocahontas State Park, near Richmond, Virginia, forms the basis for quite an ecosystem of colorful fungus and lichen.
Sometimes it’s the little things in nature that really catch my eye. This lichen was growing on the side of a very large pine tree. I approached the tree to get a closer look at something else when I noticed the tiny, bright red blooms on the lichen. Who knew that lichen actually bloomed?
During a hike I noticed this piece of bark resting on stones by the side of the trail. I was initially intrigued by the texture and patterns in the bark itself. My first thought was to get a close up of the texture but when I noticed the bark was sitting between two shadows I thought it made for an interesting forest still life.
A friend and I hiked a 6.6 mile loop in Shenandoah National Park, specifically to get photos of waterfalls. Our hike passed three significant falls but this little cascade at the top of one of them yielded my favorite photo of the day. It isn’t very dramatic and I think that’s what I like about it. The image makes me think of a quiet, little, almost secret spot, you could visit to get away from the world for a little while.