On Sunday we found ourselves heading in the direction of one of our favorite parks in Alexandria, Huntley Meadows. It is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable walks you can find yourself on, going through a beautiful wood and then finding yourself on a wooden path as you view the wetlands, and then back in the wood on your way to where you started.
We have been passing this old vine along our walk for years. This time Gregg took a photo of it. We find it quite beautiful and say so every time we see it.
A friend, busy eating a nut and not taking much notice of us but when he did spot us he scrambled up the nearest tree trunk and was out of sight with his prize.
At this time of year we also see the lichens and growing fungi, all different kinds, all different colors.
The leaves are changing colors but even though its pretty hot I think nature knows and can turn the switch.
We see a few leaves that have fallen and are hanging by a golden thread, actually cobwebs. I tried desperately to get this one in focus but it was at the end of our walk and I was getting a wee bit tired. Gregg took the photo and captured it perfectly.
We noticed how lush and green it was here, such bright, healthy looking vegetation. There were lots of interesting plants and beautiful wildflowers. I don't know their names unfortunately so any help with identifying would be gratefully received.
With the flowers came their visitors. This Tiger Swallowtail was very active but landed long enough for me to take its photo.
The bumblebees were as always very active but I couldn't find one who was willing to turn around, so a back shot it was.
and one unexpected surprise, a deer out in the middle of the day. What a lovely way to end our walk.
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