I started at Truxtun Park this morning, then moved at Quiet Waters Park after a couple of hours.
The weather was near perfect, and some of the bug were truly strange looking.
I just liked the way this leaf looked.
Summer brings some nice colors.
These things are just plain weird looking.
Governor Bridge was somewhat slow this morning. The weather was perfect, but the bugs and birds were relatively scarce.
I did find a cache of turtle that had been dug up and eaten, a first for me.
These eggs may have been laid by one of the Red Cooters I saw in the area earlier this month.
I got up a bit late this morning, and decided to try Truxtun Park and Quiet Waters because they’re close to home.
I actually did well at both places, but quit a little early because of the heat. A dog walker at Truxtun let her large dog off the leash, and he did that growling approach that’s indeterminate. She got a little pissed when I mentioned the leash laws.
I want more butterfly variety than Swallowtails
Skinks are not always so photogenic
And a couple of flowers.
I went back to Governor Bridge this morning because I couldn’t think of a better plan. It’s time to find a new place.
I actually did OK, but I’ll branch out soon to find different bugs and birds.
I gave Governor Bridge a break today, and went to Sands Road at dawn. I started well, but petered out shortly after Graeme arrived, despite extensive searching.
We then went to Wooton, which is just a mile away, and did much better.
This flower bud caught my eye.
There are many frogs in the grass, but they are hard to photograph, as they hop away quickly.
This Praying Mantis was trying to enjoy his meal, and was annoyed at our photography efforts.
I met Graeme again at Governor Bridge, and we hit the bugs hard. He’s been a big help in improving my skills.
We walked quite a distance, along the fields and around the lake. We did quite well, including my first Luna Moth.
We found this tortoise as we were leaving.
It’s unusual to see a Luna Moth in the daytime, and this one was probably injured.
I met Graeme this morning at Governor Bridge, and we spent several hours looking for bugs. He’s really good at spotting them.
I experimented with the zoom lens and tried to improve my lighting technique, which still needs some work.
Another look at these cherries.
From Md Biodiversity: ” Hugh, this is one of your best finds – an endangered spider called Redlegged Purseweb Spider! http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php…
Another near perfect weather day, and I was back at Governor Bridge shortly after dawn.
It was a bit dark yet, so I spent some time capturing bugs and flowers saturated with dew.
I spent two hours looking for birds, which were plentiful, but not in the mood to pose.
I finished up with an intensive bug hunt, and did well enough.
Just fooling with some colorful plants.
And a couple of flowers.
This Orchard Oriole popped up right in front of me.
It was another gray, damp, threatening day, so I decided to try the local parks until the rain started.
I’m a beginner at the bug business, but I know there’s more activity and variety as the Summer progresses, and today verified that. I started in Truxtun Park, where I found some new (To me) insects, then went to Quiet Waters, which is much larger with more varied habitat.
A good day, all in all.
Gray, threatening skies precluded bird photos today. so I spent a few hours in Truxtun and Quiet Waters looking for bugs.
Things are definitely picking up.
I hardly know the bug names, so don’t expect the flower names.