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Preacher plant

April 30, 2016 - The flowering season of the Skunk Cabbage is long past, but there are plenty of blossoms getting ready to grace the wetl...
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A yellow-throated migrant

April 29, 2016 - I had a little bit of time to myself today, so I grabbed the supertelephoto lens and headed to the Babcock Ridge Preserv...
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The magic of touch

April 28, 2016 - It was a crummy day: wet, cool, and dreary. Had I been alone, I would have gone out anyway, but instead, my wife and I d...
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Elfin to elfin

April 27, 2016 - My granddaughter Stasia's in residence this week—school vacation—and we finally got in our obligatory hike up Lantern Hi...
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Airborne capture

April 26, 2016 - When you're using a "big gun," one of the hardest things to master is the classic action shot... especially if you're tr...
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The beginning of the end... hopefully

April 25, 2016 - I took advantage of a fabulous "daily deal" at the B&H Photo website and bought a bargain-priced ringlight that, I hoped...
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Flowers and fish

April 24, 2016 - This has been a funny spring. After essentially a non-winter, the first warm weather arrived unnaturally early but, no s...
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Opening ode day

April 23, 2016 - I did a quick trip up Lantern Hill, largely to continue field-testing the gargantuan Sigma supertelephoto and to, with m...
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Super supertelephoto

April 22, 2016 - I am always one to count my blessings, but some days feature more of them to count than others. So it was that when I he...
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Fire fighting practice

April 21, 2016 - It's a rare day that I don't get outside, camera in hand, to walk and chronicle at least one facet of the natural world,...
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The real blue ribbon

April 20, 2016 - I am not obsessed with Thamnophis sauritus... honest... but on today's trek to examine a new and utterly gorgeous woodla...
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Serial comma

April 19, 2016 - In the butterfly appearance serial that is currently unfolding, I finally got Lepidopteran Number Three to sit still lon...
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By extension

April 18, 2016 - One of my favorite lines describing photography is this: it's cheaper to be a heroin addict than a photographer. It's ac...
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Blue ribbon

April 17, 2016 - "In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind," said the great microbiologist Louis Pasteur in a l...
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Environmental art

April 16, 2016 - Today's walk agenda revolved around a search for blooming Trout Lilies: low-to-the-ground spring ephemeral wildflowers t...
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How to tell a Garter

April 15, 2016 - On my walk today, I ran into an old friend at the Henne Preserve and in the course of chatting about the local birds, th...
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The blues

April 14, 2016 - One of my favorite Robert Frost poems is called "Blue Butterfly Day," and it's a perfect description of this still-early...
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Serious climbing

April 13, 2016 - I spent most of the afternoon at our local middle school, where I volunteer from time to time as an environmental educat...
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Not quite a true name

April 12, 2016 - The Virginia Rockbreaker, an extra hardy wildflower that grows with the local mosses and lichens on a roadside rock face...
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Invert magic

April 11, 2016 - In the Harry Potter series, one of the courses at Hogwarts that makes a frequent appearance is called "The Care of Magic...
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High water

April 10, 2016 - I'm always worrying about the state of the rainfall, and though, according to the US Drought Monitor, our stretch of the...
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Ridiculously early

April 09, 2016 - My trek today took me to a new area, this one north of my ridge in a stretch of fields and wetlands that may, in time, b...
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Airborne

April 08, 2016 - I was out early this morning to check on how the local Great Blue Herons were faring in the Henne swamp near my house, a...
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Gray and rainy

April 07, 2016 - This was one of those work-inside days, what with cool rain pelting down, a writing project to finish, and late afternoo...
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Entombed moss

April 06, 2016 - The morning started off ridiculously cold—19 at the low ebb, and if my record-keeping was better, it would probably have...
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Iced spice

April 05, 2016 - Winter Storm Ursula bid us a fond farewell—OK, I was fond of the chance to get in a few more laps around my cross-countr...
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Oy, not again

April 04, 2016 - The sainted Weather Channel posted the Winter Storm Warnings late last night for a blow they called Ursula, the name der...
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Spicy

April 03, 2016 - The overnight rain turned to snow towards daybreak, and when I looked outside, there was a haze of white on the leaf lit...
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The arbutus trail

April 02, 2016 - It's been raining off and on all morning, but right after lunch, the precipitation lightened to a minor drizzle and I ha...
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Operatic evening

April 01, 2016 - It was spring warm this evening, and after a day spent mostly inside working on various projects, I finally was able to...
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