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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Mysterious Tracks

February 11, 2008
Mysterious Tracks

Before the last snowfall melted, I photographed these animal tracks. I did not have a tape measure with me, but laid down a glove for scale. Any thoughts on what animal may have made these tracks?

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Squirrel Damage Image 2

February 6, 2008
Squirrel Damage Image 2

Squirrels have also damaged spark plug wires.

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Squirrel Damage

February 5, 2008
Squirrel Damage

In case you think squirrels are always adorable, here’s a photo of some damage they’ve done to cedar siding.

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Deer After Ice Storm

February 2, 2008
Deer After Ice Storm

Deer stopped to look at the cameraman on the day after the ice storm. Update: Prints now available from qoop.

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Another Ice Storm Image 2

February 1, 2008
Another Ice Storm Image 2

Here’s another photo taken during today’s ice storm.

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Another Ice Storm

February 1, 2008
Another Ice Storm

There looks to be about 1/4 inch of ice is coating the trees today at Old Dominion Wildlife headquarters. Power has flickered off a couple of times, but is on for now. Tonight’s breezy weather could cause power line trouble.

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Nothing

January 31, 2008
Nothing

I added this image to help identify the animal in the previous post. It was taken approximately 15 seconds after the first image; the animal does not appear in this shot.

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Unidentified Wild Animal Image

January 30, 2008
Unidentified Wild Animal Image

I enlarged the far left of a recent picture from my automatic camera to reveal this unknown image. A bear, raccoon, coyote, or sasquatch? What do you think?

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Squirrel Tracks

January 26, 2008
Squirrel Tracks

I did not need my Scats and Tracks field guide to identify these squirrel tracks because I witnessed the squirrel lay them down. When bounding, the eastern grey squirrel can place it’s hind prints on it’s front prints leaving tracks like those seen here.

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Deer at Night

January 18, 2008
Deer at Night

I moved the automatic infrared motion sensor camera again and enabled the flash mode.

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