Wednesday, October 21, 2015

HUNTLEY MEADOWS, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA


Our time at Huntley Meadows always starts along a path through the woods.


It is a gorgeous day, not too hot.  This visit was back in September.


We reach the boardwalk through the marshy area of the park.  This is my favorite part of the walk as you can look on each side and see the most interesting sights.


A snapping turtle.  We have seen many of them in the park over the years, much larger than this one.


His cousins are on the other side sunning themselves.


There are lots of frogs out today, more than I have ever seen on other visits.  












We came across a strange mound of mud and later when we stopped in the visitor center, found a reconstruction of a Crayfish chimney, so we learned something new today. The small animal at the far end on the right photo below is a beaver. We didn't see any of these today. Our photo of the mound found in the park is on the left and the visitor center exhibit, also our photo, is on the right.  Click here if you are not sure what a Crayfish looks like.


In this area there is a lot of water which is teaming with life.  The dragonfly sitting on the branch overseeing all.


We saw several dragonflies this day.


We take a few moments to look at the birds but are surprised to see how little water there is out there.  


Usually geese and other water birds are swimming by.  We do see a Great Blue Heron on the left and there are always Canada Geese.




Sorry I didn't take any more bird photos but it was really hard to get any today as they were all so far away, the few that we were able to see that is.



It is always a wonderful walk at this park and we come here several times a year.  We love it in all seasons.  If you click on the label "Huntley Meadows_Alexandria" at the end of this post you will see all the others that I have done.



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53 comments:

Barb said...

Denise, what a lot of water critters you saw! I love the gang of stacked turtles. It looks like a perfect day for walking those winding trails.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

It is still very beautiful, birds or no birds! Our herons are grey rather than blue, we get purple ones as occasional visitors!

Your dragonfly is like one of our UK chasers, or skimmers, but with lovely banded wings! Wonderful sights.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, I have been to this park one time, it is really nice. I enjoyed your photos. The frogs, turtles, geese and the dragonflies are all wonderful sightings. The crayfish chimney is new to me, thanks for sharing. Have a happy day and week ahead!

Elephant's Child said...

What a delightful place - and an equally delightful multi-meme post.

William Kendall said...

It looks like such a beautiful and inviting place for a visit! Terrific shots!

Cloudia said...

Feels like being out doors!







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Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos ! I love going to places like this .Here they are called conversations of what ever name they pick . A few we like here are called Holland Marsh , Point Pelee and Pelee Island just to name a few we have lots of wonderful hiking trail conversations to through woods and forests it is great for photography and just getting out in the midst of nature is a wonderful thing . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Jeanne said...

Nice walk, so glad I could join you!!

Red said...

A healthy wetland is full of life. If you take time on a boardwalk out over the wetland you can make many discoveries. Nice post.

Rose said...

What a marvelous place to take a stroll...you sure got to see a lot. I would have really enjoy this place.

Linda said...

Denise, so lovely to see the Canada geese, the frogs, the turtles, everything! There are a few nature parks here in Montreal and I just love walking there and seeing all the beauty. Thank you so much for sharing, you have made my day!

Stephanie said...

I enjoyed your frog and turtle images.

Adam said...

cool turtles

pattisjarrett said...

I had no idea there was such a place in Alexandria. Looks like a great place. It must have been a good year for frogs, there are many at my daughter's, too. Turtles crack me up as they all vie for that place in the sun. Great photos, there does appear to be a lot to see.

GreenComotion said...

Oh my - love the backwoods and the residents.
Great snaps, Denise!
I especially loved the turtles and the frogs.
Have a Lovely Day!
Peace :)

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

These seasonal wetlands are always a treat to see, especially when there's a well-constructed boardwalk to follow. A crayfish chimney is a new one on me.

Valerie said...

I like the gathering of turtles - wondering how long it takes for one turtle to climb on a mate's shell.

Margaret Adamson said...

looks like awonderfulwetland area. loved the frog shots and the line of Turtles. I think ome of them were doing their ballet exercises!!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Lindo e belas fotografias.
Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

The more we look the more we see in our forests and parklands. These were all intriguing little creatures along your way but I was a bit partial to the green frogs having a bath in the mud. :)

Tanya Breese said...

wonderful photos! i always love seeing the turtles sunning on a log :) have a great day!!

Lea said...

What a lovely place for a walk!

Christine said...

Hi Denise! Another beautiful place to visit and I enjoyed all your photos of the marshlands and wildlife.
Have a lovely day!

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderful shots, nature at its best!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

When I was a kid, a creek ran behind our house. I spent hours lying on the bank catching and releasing crayfish. The creek behind our house, here when we moved in 30+ years ago, runs through an enclosed huge concrete culvert that empties into the 4 mile run. I miss the creek, however, people are such pigs it would fill with trash in no time. Great you can visit a "real" creek. They are so rare.

SeagullSuzie said...

A wonderful place to visit, the sunning turtles look very happy!

Tomoko said...

I wish I could walk such a lovely path in the woods! Your frogs are too cute!

Kathy said...

My favorites were the froggies. This looks like a wonderful place to spend the day just taking it slow and easy.

ladyfi said...

What a beautiful day and lovely shots.

Ida said...

This looks like a wonderful place to visit. - The walkway fencing is quite nice and I would enjoy seeing the different wildlife. - Loved your frogs & turtles. - Never heard of a Crayfish mound before. I know what crayfish are though, we call them, Crawdads here.

4RRanch said...

Love the green nose on the muddy frog.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely selection of images - thank you.

All the best Jan

TexWisGirl said...

frogs are cute. sunning turtles - especially when they stretch out - always make me smile. lovely area. we get those crawdad castles here, too. :)

gigihawaii said...

David and I visited a friend of mine in Alexandria, Virginia in 1997, but don't remember seeing this park. We will be seeing her again in Hawaii next month on the anniversary of her husband's death.
Lovely photos, Denise.

Jim said...

A great post.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Looks like an amazing location and a great variety of critters!! Never heard of a crayfish chimney.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I always love to see those turtle pile ups ... Lots of lovely creatures and beautiful scenery at this Park ... I always enjoy my virtual tours through your posts!

Klara said...

wonderful set of photos. park is so ful of life.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos! I love the frogs and the turtles. Enjoy your day!

amo sin blogg said...

Beautiful and interesting photos !
Have a nice weekend !

fredamans said...

Frogs and toads are my fave! Love your photos!

Indrani said...

Wow! You have wonderful collection of critters here!
The turtles are too cute.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Denise!:) Lovely set of images in Huntley Meadows. Your frog and turtle photos are splendid, and the crayfish info is very interesting.
Enjoy your weekend.

Ranten said...

Lovely pictures!

eileeninmd said...

Good morning! Great critter post, Denise! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

EG CameraGirl said...

Looks like September is a perfect time to visit! So much wildlife to see and photograph!

Latane Barton said...

I love your critters, especially the turtles and that one on top of the other's back is just too cute. I loved your walk and taking us along with you.

Anni said...

Love the geese. Did not know that about crayfish [I've seen these structures before and wondered what built them...now I know]

Love the shadows in the fallen logs. Magical.

Jodi said...

Hi, Denise, Huntley Meadows is definitely one of my favorite spots in the DC/MD/VA region. I love going there in the spring to look for the baby Hooded Mergansers. Have you ever seen the spotted turtles there? I mostly find them in the wooded areas rather than the marsh proper. Looks like you had a great visit in September, thanks for sharing it with us.

Marie C said...

What a great place to visit! The fact that it has a Visitor Center is such a plus. Loved the turtles and frogs!

Donna said...

What a wonderful trek...lots of wonderful wildlife.

Linda said...

Nice images! Haven't been there in years, but it's a great place.

Mary Cromer said...

How wonderful. Our frogs are still out and about, but not for long. It has been two weeks since I saw the last dragonflies and butterflies. Lovely post~