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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.

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Daisy Fleabane

macro photograph of Daisy Fleabane growing in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA

Daisy Fleabane

This daisy fleabane was blooming along a hiking trail in Shenandoah National Park at the end of May.

Knowing “bane” loosely means something that is hated by or makes something’s existence more difficult, I thought fleabane was an interesting name for a wildflower so I looked it up.  Folklore has it these plants can be dried and used to keep fleas away.  That explains the name.


Blackberry Blossoms

photograph of wild blackberry blossoms in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA

Blackberry Blossoms

The bees in Shenandoah National Park were busy pollinating blackberry blossoms growing along the Dark Hollow Falls trail when I was last there.


Ailanthus Webworm Moth

photograph of an Ailanthus Webworm Moth on wildflowers

This Ailanthus Webworm Moth was making its way among wildflowers when I saw it in early September.


Eastern Carpenter Bee on Wildflowers I

photograph of an Eastern Carpenter Bee on wildflowers

The Eastern Carpenter Bee is easily confused with the American Bumble Bee.  While the bumble bee is covered covered in fuzzy hair, the carpenter bee is missing the fuzz from its abdomen.


Snowy Egret Walking Through Shallow Water

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photograph of a snowy egret walking through shallow water

This Snowy Egret heads back to shore after fishing in the shallow Gulf Coast waters.  There’s some speculation those bright yellow feet may actually help the Snowy Egret catch fish off guard.

These birds were once prized for their beautiful plumage and the fashion industry hunted them to the to the brink of extinction in the late 19th century.  They’ve made a wonderful comeback and are fairly common now.

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Snowy Egret and Sandal

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photograph of a Snowy Egret standing on a sandy beach next to a sandal

When I first saw this Snowy Egret it was at the edge of the water and I was walking along the beach.  As I approached it flew around a bend before I could snap a single picture of it.  I snuck around some vegetation and took a few photographs of it wading just off the beach.  Fully expecting it to fly away at any second, I remembered a tip I once heard about photographing shorebirds.  Sometimes they seem to be less concerned if you’re actually in the water with them.  So I slowly began wading out into the water and the egret didn’t even seem to notice me.

The same bird that took flight when I approached it from land actually began coming towards me while I stood in the water with it.  I was still wading when it decided to head back to the beach, probably no more than…

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