A Woodpecker at Huntley Meadows Park

We have just come back from a visit to Ireland which is wonderful but chilly. Our weather at home has been nice, so we decided to enjoy it by taking a walk in Huntley Meadows Park.  We met two serious bird photographers as we walked and one of them pointed out a red-headed woodpecker building a nest. Even though we don’t have the extremely long lenses needed for the task, our general purpose zoom let us capture the following photograph. It shows a nesting woodpecker throwing wood chips in the air as it enlarges its new nest.

This photo was taken on May 9, 2018. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 320, f/16, 1/320 sec, 250 mm.

Takeoff!

Some new friends from our local photography club told us about Huntley Meadows Park, a local wetland area. It has a long winding boardwalk over a marsh area created by beaver dams. We have gone there a few times to walk and photograph. The following photo shows three of the many geese in the park taking flight.

This photo was taken on April 11, 2018. Specs are:

Canon SL2, ISO 100, f/8, 1/640 sec, 135 mm

Spring Birds at Huntley Meadows Park

We have been visiting Huntley Meadows Park looking for signs of what seems to be a late spring in the Mid-Atlantic.  In addition to the ever-present geese, a few new birds seem to be arriving each day. The following photos show a few of the birds we have seen. It has become clear to us that if we continue to photograph birds, we need a bird identification book!

Not that way — Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – April 13, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – April 13, 2018.

While walking along a marked trail in Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, Virginia, we came across a sign:

MAINTENANCE ROAD

INFORMAL TRAIL

This path is not recognized nor maintained by park staff. If you choose to use it, proceed with caution. The path may be uneven, wet, and difficult to follow.

We decided not to go that way.

This photo was taken on March 23, 2018. Specs are:

Canon SL2, ISO 100, f/9.0, 1/80 sec, 27 mm

Huntley Meadows Boardwalk — Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – March 23, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – March 23, 2018 & Thursday Special Challenge.

Yesterday we went to Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, Virginia, to practice photography; we had not visited this park before. We followed a series of trails through the park, which is still a bit soggy from the recent snow.  We were amazed by the Heron Trail, which features a boardwalk through wetland, with its surface about two feet above the surface of the water for most of its length.  The photo was taken near the beginning of the boardwalk. The hikers ahead of us have chosen to go left at the first intersection.  We did, also; maybe we will chose to go to the right on our next visit.

This photo was taken on March 23, 2018. Specs are:

Canon SL2, ISO 100, f/9.0, 1/200 sec, 71 mm.