Sunday, 17 August 2014, 1012
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
part of the Mount Vernon album
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.
Sunday, 20 July 2014, 2023
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
part of the Allegany State Park album
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.
They were relatively motionless as we slowly approached, took a few photographs and then moved away.
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.
Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 1948
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
part of the Hersheypark album
Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 0139
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
Monday, 14 July 2014, 2311
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
part of the Pymatuning State Park album
Monday, 14 July 2014, 2101
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
Monday, 14 July 2014, 1424
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
Monday, 14 July 2014, 0202
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