Sunday, June 26, 2011

State Park Heart

We camped out at James River State Park for a few days this week - tubing, sunshine, bird watching. Bandannas are vital camping gear: I packed three -- and found a fourth in the little bag I use to carry my bird book -- for a two-night trip. 

Cool nature moments:
  • From inside the tent, I could see the silhouette of a sizable bug, so I crawled out to take a look. It turned out to be a fresh cicada, just out of its brown former shell! Neat.
  • Met a snake while hiking; probably a black rat snake.
  • Best bird - yellow-breasted chat, high in a dead tree in a wetland, singing in the morning sun.
  • Clouds overhead while tubing.
  • The fence lizard that comically scampered across the High Bridge trail.

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