Thursday, May 14, 2015

HUNTLEY MEADOWS, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

For our walk today we decided to go to Huntley Meadows.  The last time we visited was in March.  You can check all our posts from here if you click on the label below this post.  Though we love exploring many parks within driving distance, this is an area we love too.


We always enjoy our walk through the wood....


but stay away from this because we think it is Poison Ivy.  That old saying comes to mind, "Leaves of three, let it be!


We had lots of company today. 


 Usually we go during the week but went on Sunday this time.


That's me hanging over the fence, trying to be careful once we reached the marshy area, not to drop my cell phone into that murky water as I was taking this photo.


The frogs were out....


and so were the snapping turtles.


We saw several birds, all a bit too far away for a clear photo but here's a Red-winged Blackbird, very distinctive because of its bright red shoulder feathers, with a touch of yellow on the edge....


and a Great Blue Heron that had caught a fish.


After a while he took off.


but after he circled he came back to the same fishing hole....



and there were signs of beavers felling trees.




A Spotted Sandpiper?



There were lots of Canada Geese around but we only saw two families.




The Goslings were adorable....




but I'll have more of those for you in another post.


I am sharing with the following. You can see other participants by visiting their links.


Theresa at Good Fences

The Skywatch Team at SkyWatch Friday  
Misty at Camera Critters 
Eileen at Saturday Critters
Anni at Bird D'Pot
Michelle at Nature Notes
Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday


50 comments:

Ginny said...

Wow! I love the shot of double you! And the frog is just wonderful! A closeup portrait in green. Your heron shots are wondrous! The first one with the fish, and the reflection of it all. And then the last one, backing up to show the whole beautiful area!

Linda said...

The heron is magnificent and the frog and gosling are cute! I used to live in Alexandria and I liked that park.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

The kind of place I like to explore too. Thanks for taking us along.

Cloudia said...

Goslings were so dear!



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Kay said...

What a beautiful area, Denise. I would love to walk around there too. There are certainly a lot of wildlife enjoying spring.

Pauline Woodcock said...

So much to see on this walk. I really love the shot with your reflection and your shadow. Well done! And the frog! Delightful shot.

Margaret Adamson said...

A lovely place to wander around and you certainly saw and shot a wide variety of birds.

Stewart M said...

What a great looking place - if you forget about the Poison Ivy that is!

I do like that picture of the frog.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Elephant's Child said...

What an absolutely glorious place - and excursion. Thank you so much.
I dont remember when I last saw a frog. And I miss them.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Looks idyllic - cracking shots of the wildlife, especially the frog and the turtle; wonderful!

Valerie said...

What a wonderful assortment of pictures. I loved the one of the frog, oh and your new header is great.

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh those gosling do look cute!

What a lovely visit, great photo's.

All the best Jan

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, this is a beautiful park. Wonderful wildlife sightings. I love the cute frog and the gosling. Cute shadow and fence capture. Have a happy day!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That is quite a place.
Indeed you found some poison ivy. I am not sensitive to it but I stay out of it anyway because I've read that one can develop a sensitivity over time with enough exposure.
Great pics. I've got lots of pics of great blue herons but none with a fish. That is my new goal.
Thanks for taking us along!!

Gill - That British Woman said...

loved all the photos but the froggy one!!! Can't stand frogs.

Linda Kay said...

Such a lovely walk, Denise. Your ittle goslings are so cute. I think you captured all the memes today!

gigihawaii said...

What a pleasant place to be. I love those goslings, too.

TexWisGirl said...

nice area! lots of birds and critters around. thanks (in advance) for linking in! :)

Christine said...

Hi Denise! A truly enjoyable array of photos! Looks like a great day for a walk there!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

The best thing about Huntley meadows is the swampy areas or wetlands as we call them today. i wonder if that Heron is the one who ate my Doc's pond fish? Love the shot of the Heron silhouette against the sky. So what kind of cell phone are you using? Your photos are great.

Gwen said...

some literally amazing photos here. My older daughter would especially love the little neon green froggy. :)

William Kendall said...

A beautiful and pleasant place. The beaver lodge in one of those shots looks well cared for.

Stephanie said...

I enjoyed your various selection of images. All wonderful shots! Love that boardwalk bridge walkway, the Goslings are so cute! Gorgeous Blue Heron and that Frog - Wow!

eileeninmd said...

Hi Denise, I was sure I left a comment. It must be missing in space. I like this park, it has great wildlife and birds. The froggie and the goslings are my favorite. Great post, enjoy your day!

Gayle said...

and during his activity did the heron make his lovely? hacking sound :)

Lyn said...

what a lovely post about your walk...plenty of wildlife.
I love the gosling especially!
xxx

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

What a great critter walk! I think that's an American Bullfrog.
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Ida said...

What a wonderful place to enjoy nature. I like the shadow fence shot of you taking a picture.
The herons are handsome, the ducklings or goslings adorable, wouldn't want to get snapped by those turtles and I just loved the frog shot.

Donna said...

Denise this was wonderful...so many great pictures of birds and yes poison ivy...good thing you let it be. We just pulled out a bunch in the front and back gardens...

Marie C said...

What a wonderful place to go for a walk! Love the fishing heron shot, and the sweet little goslings!

Adam said...

cool frog

LV said...

A great way to spend the day with family or friends.

Kathy said...

Nothing more beautiful than dogwoods blooming in the woods. I love that frog photo!

Rose said...

What a wonderful place to visit...love that you get to see so much.

ThreeOldKeys said...

Wow! I had heard that Huntley Meadows is a nice place to visit ... but now it's on my list of places to visit.

Powell River Books said...

Red-winged blackbirds always remind me of visiting my grandmother in the country. There was a marsh nearby that was a nesting site. I loved hearing their calls. - Margy

Spare Parts and Pics said...

"Leaves of three, let it be!" Beautiful photos.

Barb said...

A lovely walk in a very green area. That frog shot is amazing, and I also like the turtle who is giving you the eye!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

I absolutely love nature walks and this one looks perfect. There were a lot of animals out and about here!

eileeninmd said...

Good Morning, Denise! I am just stopping back to say thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

EG CameraGirl said...

Glad you didn't drop your phone, Denise! I would love to walk there!

bailey-road.com said...

Great photos of this beautiful woodland park Love the shots of the frog and turtle...and the sweet little gosling.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful scenic place with lovely birds.

Latane Barton said...

What a wonderful walk in the woods. You saw all sorts of things. That makes the effort very worthwhile.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Great photos from this beautiful area! I love the frog and the goslings are so cute.

Anni said...

This post is superior Denise!!!

From the beginning....your beautiful header...to the end of the trail.

Thanks for taking us along on your walk...beautiful country, wonderful critters and of course my favorite...the bird life!!!

kissed by an angel said...

Wonderful impressions of your walk!!!
I enjoy your photos, all the green and all these wonderful animals.
Although the snapping turtles make me creep a little bit :)...but the Goslings are so, so cute!!!

Laura said...

What a beautiful series Denise, so many interesting and beautiful creatures!

Adam Jones said...

A great collection of pictures. Like the Heron the most.

Rambling Woods said...

So that is poison ivy. My husband had it 3 summers ago and it was awful for him. I love all the wildlife you captured especially the frog and even the snapping turtle.. Good to have a path to follow there...Michelle