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The Pleasures of the World

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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
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July

The Hirundo Rustica

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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


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.

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
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July

The Contrasts of Simulacrum

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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


part of the Hersheypark album

Photo Credit: David July

The One That Got Away

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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


part of the Pymatuning State Park album

Photo Credit: David July