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The Pleasures of the World
Sunday, 17 August 2014, 1012

Photo Credit: David July --- , Mount Vernon, Virginia: 04 July 2014

Brown-belted bumblebee (Bombus griseocollis) foraging on an eastern purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in the Upper Garden at Mount Vernon.

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia: 04 July 2014


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Beyond the quick walk-through tour of the mansion and the vast artifact-filled halls of the museum — inside both of which photography is prohibited — the vast 400-acre grounds of Mount Vernon plantation along the Potomac River feature many different natural settings to enjoy.

Throughout the estate are a variety of landscapes and gardens including the fruit garden and nursery, upper garden, lower garden, pioneer farm and forest. Meandering through the gardens, I took these photographs of flowers in bloom and, at least once inadvertently, bees foraging for nectar and pollen.

Photo Credit: David July --- , Mount Vernon, Virginia: 04 July 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- , Mount Vernon, Virginia: 04 July 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- , Mount Vernon, Virginia: 04 July 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- , Mount Vernon, Virginia: 04 July 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- , Mount Vernon, Virginia: 04 July 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- , Mount Vernon, Virginia: 04 July 2014

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The Hirundo Rustica
Sunday, 20 July 2014, 2023

Photo Credit: David July --- Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014

Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park.

Cain Hollow Road, Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014


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My memories of camping at Allegany State Park are some of the fondest that I have from my childhood in Western New York. Not having visited in over twenty-five years, I was quite excited to return for a few nights in the Quaker Area Cain Hollow campground in late June 2014.

Although our stopover was only forty-three hours over three days, we managed to see an amazing amount of wildlife and visit a wide variety of locations within the park. As an added nostalgia bonus, we were camping in a site not far from the one that we frequented in the 1980s.

While returning to Cain Hollow one evening, I saw birds flying around some small support buildings in a field just inside the campground gate. We pulled over to investigate and as we approached on foot, Mom was the first to spot a nest of four barn swallow juveniles atop a light fixture.

Photo Credit: David July --- Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014

They were relatively motionless as we slowly approached, took a few photographs and then moved away.

Photo Credit: David July --- Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014

After circling the buildings in search of other nests, we moved further away to see if the parents would come by with food. They did not, but we did watch other birds flying around and feeding in the insect-rich field.

Photo Credit: David July --- Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014

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The Contrasts of Simulacrum
Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 1948

Photo Credit: David July --- Lightning Racer (2000) wooden roller coaster and East Coast Waterworks (2007) water playground plus the twin smokestacks (1903) and cocoa bean silos (1950) of the original Hershey factory as seen from the Ferris Wheel (1997) at Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania: 01 July 2014

Lightning Racer (2000) wooden roller coaster and East Coast Waterworks (2007) water playground plus the twin smokestacks (1903) and cocoa bean silos (1950) of the original Hershey factory as seen from the Ferris Wheel (1997) at Hersheypark.

100 West Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania: 01 July 2014


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The Irrelevancy of Shadows
Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 0139

Photo Credit: David July --- A groundhog (Marmota monax) pauses eating white clover (Trifolium repens) to stand up at the Flagg trailhead just outside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 26 June 2014

A groundhog (Marmota monax) pauses eating white clover (Trifolium repens) to stand up at the Flagg trailhead just outside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park.

Cain Hollow Road, Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 26 June 2014


part of the Allegany State Park album

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The One That Got Away
Monday, 14 July 2014, 2311

Photo Credit: David July --- Large groups of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) frenziedly feeding on bread in the bowl of the Pymatuning Spillway where Pymatuning Reservoir's Sanctuary Lake flows via dam to the Middle Basin, Linesville, Pennsylvania: 24 June 2014

Large groups of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) frenziedly feeding on bread in the bowl of the Pymatuning Spillway where Pymatuning Reservoir's Sanctuary Lake flows via dam to the Middle Basin.

12318 Linesville-Hartstown Road, Pymatuning State Park, Linesville, Pennsylvania: 24 June 2014


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The Quieter Side of Things
Monday, 14 July 2014, 2101

Photo Credit: David July --- Stairs along the footpath north of the Rainbow Bridge adjacent to what was part of the Robert Moses State Parkway in Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, New York: 29 June 2014

Stairs along the footpath north of the Rainbow Bridge adjacent to what was part of the Robert Moses State Parkway in Niagara Falls State Park.

Near Main Street at Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, New York: 29 June 2014


part of the Niagara Falls album

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The Wechachochapohka
Monday, 14 July 2014, 1424

Photo Credit: David July --- Boulders in Slippery Rock Creek just north of the dam and historic mill of McConnells Mill State Park, Portersville, Pennsylvania: 23 June 2014

Boulders in Slippery Rock Creek just north of the dam and historic mill of McConnells Mill State Park.

Near McConnells Mill Road, McConnells Mill State Park, Portersville, Pennsylvania: 23 June 2014


part of the McConnells Mill State Park album

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The Valley of Change
Monday, 14 July 2014, 0202

Photo Credit: David July --- Large belt inside the semi-portable Standard Steel Drilling Rig (1920) on display near the picnic area at Drake Well Museum (1934), Titusville, Pennsylvania: 24 June 2014

Large belt inside the semi-portable Standard Steel Drilling Rig (1920) on display near the picnic area at Drake Well Museum (1934).

202 Museum Lane, Titusville, Pennsylvania: 24 June 2014


part of the Drake Well Museum album

Photo Credit: David July --- Web-covered roller chain and sprocket inside the semi-portable Standard Steel Drilling Rig (1920) on display near the picnic area at Drake Well Museum (1934), Titusville, Pennsylvania: 24 June 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- Rope inside the semi-portable Standard Steel Drilling Rig (1920) on display near the picnic area at Drake Well Museum (1934), Titusville, Pennsylvania: 24 June 2014

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Metal railings lining the northern walkway to Science Lake Dam (1926) in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyWater from Science Lake emerging on the downstream side of Science Lake Dam (1926) in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyThe Science Lake Dam (1926) and western side of Science Lake in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyMom and Ross standing on the Science Lake Dam (1926) walkway at the western side of Science Lake in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyRocks and forest debris in the shallow southwest corner of Science Lake near Science Lake Dam (1926) in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyLooking across Science Lake at the fishing pier and ASP Route 3 from the far side of Science Lake Dam (1926) in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulySky and clouds reflected in the waters of Science Lake at Science Lake Dam (1926) in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyWater from Science Lake emerging on the downstream side of Science Lake Dam (1926) in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyMetal railings lining the northern walkway to Science Lake Dam (1926) in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyWater from Science Lake emerging on the downstream side of Science Lake Dam (1926) in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyLooking northwest at Science Lake from the west side near the Science Lake Dam (1926) in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyA rock with a missing sign along the shore of Science Lake near the Science Lake Dam (1926) in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyScience Lake Dam (1926) on the western side of Science Lake in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyBlack-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) growing in the southern section of the Pioneer Farm at Mount Vernon. — photograph by David JulyHibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus) flower, twigs and leaves near the Fruit Garden and Nursery at Mount Vernon. — photograph by David JulyBrown-belted bumblebee (Bombus griseocollis) foraging on a hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus) flower near the Fruit Garden and Nursery at Mount Vernon. — photograph by David JulyBalloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) growing in the Upper Garden at Mount Vernon. — photograph by David JulyThread-leaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb') growing in the Upper Garden at Mount Vernon. — photograph by David JulyBrown-belted bumblebee (Bombus griseocollis) foraging on an eastern purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in the Upper Garden at Mount Vernon. — photograph by David JulyOrange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva) growing in the Upper Garden at Mount Vernon. — photograph by David July
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