Shelf Mushrooms

April 11, 2008
Shelf Mushrooms

A few weeks ago on a hike with my parents, I noticed these shelf mushrooms growing on a dead tree.  I believe they are also known as artist conks.

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Blue Bells and More along the Bull Run–Occoquan Trail

March 30, 2008
Blue Bells and More along the Bull Run–Occoquan Trail

On the Fairfax County, Virginia side of Bull Run, several parks and an 18 mile trail provide an environment for outstanding hiking, horseback riding, and trail running. Every April, the northern section of the trail gives visitors an unforgettable display of Virginia bluebells. About the Trail Just 25 miles west of Washington, DC, the Bull…

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Breaking News: Bull Run Mountain Forest Fire

March 26, 2008
Breaking News:  Bull Run Mountain Forest Fire

Bull Run Mountain is on fire at Thoroughfare Gap, VA. The forest fire appeared to have started near the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and spread up the mountain due to gusty winds. The fire appeared to be completely on the north side of the railroad tracks and fire department crews were at the seen. The…

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Wild Turkey

March 22, 2008
Wild Turkey

Only a few minutes after I took the previous picture showing the sky through the trees at dawn, my wife snapped this picture of a wild turkey. The lighting was not yet good, but you can still make out the shape of the turkey.

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Dawn on the Second Day of Spring

March 21, 2008
Dawn on the Second Day of Spring

This picture was taken from Old Dominion Wildlife Headquarters.

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Two Deer at Night

March 11, 2008
Two Deer at Night

The automatic camera caught two deer at night.  The first one is easy to spot.  Can you see the second deer?

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Eerie Lights Image 2

March 10, 2008
Eerie Lights Image 2

This image was taken later on the night of March 4th.

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Eerie Lights

March 10, 2008
Eerie Lights

The automatic Moultrie camera took some very unusual pictures on the night of March 4th.  At first I thought of snow, but looking back at the records, the weather was in the upper 40s and there was no precipitation that night.  Also, the trails appear to indicate the objects were coming up from the ground,…

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Red Fox

February 22, 2008
Red Fox

I captured my first red fox on film today during the fourth ice storm of the season. The image quality is not very good due to the fact the fox was on the move and also because the picture was taken through a kitchen window.

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Beech

February 19, 2008
Beech

On the Lands Run Gap Road hike, a young beech holds onto its leaves well into February.

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Mountain Laurel

February 19, 2008
Mountain Laurel

Last Saturday, my wife and I went for a hike in Shenandoah National Park along Lands Run Gap Road. The mountain laurel added some nice color to the winter scene.

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Nature’s Crystal Chandeliers

February 14, 2008
Nature’s Crystal Chandeliers

The third ice storm of the season was even more spectacular a day later as the sun shined down upon the ice laden trees. My wife snapped this great photo on a road winding through the glass-like trees.

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3rd Ice Storm of the Season

February 13, 2008
3rd Ice Storm of the Season

Last night, we experienced the third ice storm this winter. At Old Dominion Wildlife Headquarters, ice was mainly confined to rocks and decking. However, there was significant ice on trees just a mile north at lower elevations. In this photo, a 500 kV power line passes by ice covered trees.

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