More Brood II cicada sightings. A bush outside of the Smoketown Station Panera in Woodbridge Virginia had about a half dozen cicadas.
First Brood II cicada sighting. It and its shell were found on an American chestnut hybrid.
Possible False Solomon's Seal blooming at Falls Ridge Nature Preserve on May 5th
Possible Showy Orchid blooming at Falls Ridge Nature Preserve on May 5th
Blooming at Falls Ridge Nature Preserver on May 5, 2013
Was blooming on May 5th at Falls Ridge Nature Preserve
Box Turtle at Tupelo Meadows in Central Park, Manhattan, NY
A sizeable flock of Cedar Waxwings hit up my Mom's bird feeder in Occoquan, Virginia on February 19th
Off the Bull Run Occoquan Trail roughly 1/4 - 1/2 mile from the trailhead at Fountainhead Regional Park, there are pawpaw trees along the shore of a small creek. On September 24th, 2011, they were fruiting.
Some pawpaws were spotted above the the falls at Falls Ridge Preserve. No fruit was found and the leaves were already yellowing.
Water oak leaves off the hiking trail at Maple Park
Found this redbelly watersnake on the horse trail near the airport and Maple Park
Boo! Just in time for Halloween, found this Ghost Flower, on a trail in Maple Park.
Ghost flowers don't have any chlorophyll-- they feed off fungus that feed off trees.
Plenty of pawpaw fruits could be found on the Supplejack Trail in the Dismal Swamp State Park.
I can also report that they were DELICIOUS!
Wisteria was in full fragrant bloom at the Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens on April 24, 2008
Wisteria outside of the Biltmore Estate was stunning to look at, though it was not in bloom on May 26, 2007.
Wisteria was in full fragrant bloom in Hertford, North Carolina on April 12, 2009
Wisteria was in full fragrant bloom in Hertford, NC on April 12, 2009
Saw an alligator (and a painted turtle) sunning themselves on logs off of the yellow canoe trail in Merchant's Millpond State Park
A pair of bald eagles were circling above Merchant's Millpond State Park
Saw two Canadian geese nests while canoeing at Merchant's Millpond State Park-- one on top of a Beaver dam and one in an old bald cypress tree.
Saw a number of beaver dams, beaver chewed trees and one swimming beaver (sorry about the blurry picture) at Merchant's Millpond State Park
Lots of Spanish Moss hung on the Baldcypress trees in Merchant's Millpond State Park
Virginia Creeper (which appears on the state seal and state flag of Virginia) growing in Wildwood Park in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Virginia Creeper (which appears on the State Seal and the State Flag of Virginia) growing near the trailhead on VA-652 Trailhead of the Appalachian Trail in Troutville, VA
Virginia Creeper (which makes an appearance in the state seal and state flag of Virginia) growing on the Pedestrian Bridge in Occoquan, Virginia