Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Going back a year we were at Huntley Meadows....

in fact a year ago to the day we found ourselves with snow.  (This is a post I didn't get to publish at the time.)  Well, I said no more snow pictures but I forgot about this.  There will be a post soon from a trip we took to the same place on Saturday, March 12th, 2016, last weekend.  A more temperate kind of a day, cloudy but in the low 60s.  It was a great day for a walk and I will be sharing those photos soon.  But first....

March 16th, 2015

We love our time at Huntley Meadows.  It had snowed and we awoke to see our neighbor across the street clearing his driveway.  However, by the time we stuck our nose outdoors, the sun was shining, the temperature was warmer and we couldn't waste our day.

It got up to 50 degrees.  We still had a lot of snow on the ground, but it was melting fast.  I walked around to the back garden (photo below) and took a couple of shots before it disappeared entirely.  I liked how all the shadows from the tree branches played on the snow.

And then we went to Huntley Meadows in Alexandria.  We had to be careful in parts as the pathways were still very icy.  I saw people slipping a couple of times.  Gregg slid once and I slid twice, but we kept our balance and made it there and back to the car okay.  The water was iced over everywhere and little boys were throwing rocks to break it.  It cracked loudly. Boys being boys, I watched one older child step off the boardwalk to test his weight.  Fortunately he had a parent nearby who told him to get back on the path quickly.  As fast as he jumped back, I suspect he heard the ice giving way and had no need to be told twice.  It isn't that deep but he would have gotten a very cold polar bear dip up to his waste.

The parking lot was full and there were plenty of parents with two or three children.  There were also several photographers.  We came across one young lady who looked like she was doing her homework, sitting on a bench with her dog next to her.  He jumped off as we approached to check us out, but sensing we were no threat and with a few reassuring words from the young lady, he resumed his original position.

There were couples enjoying the exercise and the better weather.  We saw a small crowd of people looking up into the trees and were curious as to what had caught their attention.  Several pointed to where a Red-bellied woodpecker was hopping up the side of a trunk.  The call was easily identified as his, one I hope I will remember.

Gregg took these photos of the woodpecker.

There was a huge gathering of Canada Geese, more than I have ever seen before, several dozen.  I couldn't get them all in this photograph.

Further along the path a lady was staring at a very large patch of water, and thinking she had seen another frog or other wildlife, I asked what she was looking at.  Most people are only too happy to share.  She said that she liked to see the patterns the cracked ice had formed, and we stared at those patterns together.  I agreed, they were very interesting and pretty.  We both took photographs and shared info on our camera equipment.  She had some we didn't know about and explained what they were.  Photographers always seem to be very generous with their time, and only too willing to pass along information, not only on camera info but places where they have seen wildlife.

A father and son had stopped to look at a frog climbing out of the water, onto dried reeds that had fallen sideways.

It made it finally and settled down to sun itself.

It was a lovely day for a walk and by the time we arrived at the park, the sky was a perfect blue with a few wispy clouds and contrails.

Gregg pointed out these interesting patterns on the surface of the ice.

I practiced taking a few landscapes with my iPhone.

along with other things that took my interest.

This was the last photo from our walk around Huntley Meadows that day, more shadows of tree branches on snow.  This park is easily enjoyed in all seasons.


  1. What a wonderful, wonderful outing.
    Snow, ice, critters - and beauty. Thank you so much.

  2. It still looks awful cold to me. Lovely pics Denise.

  3. I haven't made it back to that park. I went to the park only that one time, when we visited my cousin and his family. I would like to see my cousin again, but I don't know when that will be. I will make a point of visiting this park, though, the next time we are in the area. Your posts about your visits there help me to remember the park :)

  4. Lovely photos , looks like a wonderful place to walk and take pictures ! This time last year we were deep in snow this year we had hardly any snow at all more rain then snow really . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  5. Hello Denise, beautiful collection of images. I love the landscapes and the woodpecker. The frog is cute! Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  6. The ice patterns were quite intriguing, Denise. And,mof course, the frog was another of my favorite photos. Looks like yiu and Gregg were not the only ones who wanted to visit the park after a snowy start. Glad you were both OK after those slips too.

  7. I especially love the photos of the woodpecker, a bird you won't see in Hawaii.

  8. Looks like a beautiful place to visit. I love the frog sunning himself I mentioned it to Heather and she said anything would be warmer than living in frozen water

  9. We had snow a year ago also. Spring seems to be coming way too early.

  10. Lots of snow, and so lovely when it's not messed up with snow plows and cars. Great woodpecker shot.

  11. I love to see the winter photos of the shadow of trees on the snow, the dog and the pretty woodpecker. Over here we have to endure 41 deg C of temperature and it is going to get hotter these few days.

  12. What a great ramble. Walks give us all kinds of opportunities for photos. You had just enough snow to make it miserable. We get the dry snow that stays all winter!

  13. It looks like a beautiful area for a walk in any season. The boardwalk aspect of it reminds me of a hiking trail up in Algonquin Park here in Ontario that crosses a spruce bog.

  14. Hi, The "S___" word (SNOW) is being mentioned here for Sunday --after an awesome day yesterday... I love snow --as you know---but am SO ready for SPRING now....

    Great picture of the Red-Bellied Woodpecker --and I like the patterns on the ice.


  15. 'Going back a year' and hasn't the time flown by!

    Lovely selection of photo's, must admit the snow made me feel cold!

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    All the best Jan

  16. I have to get over there in the next few weeks, Cedar Waxwings have been spotted in recent days.

  17. so glad you remembered this post.. I love he dog, the frog, the path and the shadows on the snow... awesome photos, all of them

  18. Healing ramble with a good friend

  19. Look forward to seeing your new photos Denise. The Snow ones from last year are great though. You have also taken some nice 'Phonescapes' as well.

  20. Oh, Denise, this was a great set of photos...I really enjoyed them. The photos of the ice...I think it was 16 and 17th photos...made me think of aliens for some reason.

  21. These are such gorgeous shots. Isn't it amazing what the iPhone can do now?

  22. How lovely you said: "Photographers always seem to be very generous with their time..."
    All the images are stunning! The no. 15 is like an illustration... Very beautiful elements brought together! Have a lovely day of March!


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