Friday, May 10, 2013

CAMERA CRITTERS

It has been raining heavily on and off over the last 48 hours, though I see the sun peeking through right now.  Before all that liquid sunshine we had some really beautiful days, and they just begged us to get out and enjoy the good weather.  These were all the critters we saw on our last walk.

There were several dragonflies hovering, the first ones I have seen this year.

Mr. Canada Goose enjoying the shade.  Mrs. Canada Goose was nearby.

The Tadpoles were very active.  These were only a few I caught in this photo.  There were hundreds more.

I came across a curious looking beetle along the path.  That yellow square on its body was what drew me to it in the first place.  As a matter of fact there were several of them.  

We met up with these friendly dogs and their equally friendly human companions.  The dogs were all so sweet and begged for a fuss, but of course we asked if that was okay first.  The Basset Hound bringing up the rear did not want to be left out of the ear tickles and back scratches.

This sweet lady we met  later on.   She looked hot and thirsty and it seemed she had recently been taking a dip in the nearby stream.

These two were off on their own paddling expedition far away from any other ducks.

If you look closely at this photo you can see the duck's head under water.  Something must be really tasty down there.

We didn't see any frogs except for this one in a display case in the visitors center.  This is an American Bullfrog according to the identifying card (Lithobates catesbeianus), our largest native frog.

I hesitated a little before adding the snakes as I realize they are not everyone's cup of tea.  However, I have always had a fascination for reptiles and I really don't mind them.  After all, even snakes have a part to play in nature's plan.  They truly cannot help creeping people out and they do a lot of good for our ecology.  The photo below shows a Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus) and the name Corn Snake refers to the splotched pattern on its belly which resembles Indian maize.  Some believe their name comes from the fact that they are often found in corn fields where they search for rodent prey.   I read the information from the identifying card nearby.

Next a Northern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen).  Their range is from Massachusetts through upper Georgia and west to Tennessee.  It is the only venomous snake in Fairfax County.

Now to get outside where there are several bird feeders.  I was only able to get one shot of a Grey-tufted Titmouse taking off.  There weren't too many birds around at that time of the day.

One last shot of a bee hovering over the Dogwoods.

A fun day for seeing all kinds of critters.

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