Saturday, September 30, 2023

Tawny Emperor


"This butterfly may be seen flying near houses, gravel driveways (✅), near water, muddy places, gardens, and woodlands. Its only host plant is hackberry trees." -- Wikipedia

Friday, September 29, 2023

Waxing Crescent


Jamestown-Scotland Ferry under a waxing crescent moon.

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Thursday, September 28, 2023



There are a dizzying variety of mushrooms; so much so, in fact, that I'm hard pressed even with a field guide to identify most. This one is no exception. Looks to me like Lepiota procure. Can anyone confirm that?

Lepiota is a genus of gilled mushrooms in the family Agaricaceae. All Lepiota species are ground-dwelling saprotrophs with a preference for rich, calcareous soils. Basidiocarps (fruit bodies) are agaricoid with whitish spores, typically with scaly caps and a ring on the stipe. Around 400 species of Lepiota are currently recognized worldwide. Many species are poisonous, some lethally so." -- Wikipedia

Wednesday, September 27, 2023


I think the real beauty of the Beaver Trail in York River State Park, as is true of most trails, is in the details, as in the case of the spider web shown above and the seedling below.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Beaver Trail


Beaver Trail, York River State Park

Smallanthus uvedalia (aka Bear's Foot)

Beaver Trail

Monday, September 25, 2023

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Saturday, September 23, 2023

James River


Shot these photos this past Thursday evening before the effects of Tropical Storm Ophelia began to be felt.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Erosion Controls

A little farther upriver from where I was before, . . .

 some major erosion controls have been put in place.


Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Mattaponi Trail


The Mattaponi leads to yet another stretch of the York River shoreline where fossils often can be found.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Monday, September 18, 2023



One of the cliffs along the shore of the York River in York River State Park. The image above is looking left. The one below is looking to the right from the same position. All this is the result of the river's floods and tides.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Plume Thistle

I returned this past week to York River State Park where I discovered a new kind of thistle blooming.

A certain variety of the plume thistle, I understand, is actually native to this region and is much prized for its ability to attract pollinators.

Friday, September 15, 2023

Weather Station


I could enjoy, I think, having a weather station like the one at York River State Park shown above but I doubt my homeowners association would approve. :-)

Partly cloudy sky over Jamestown High School.
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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Fruit to Nuts


I never cease to be amazed by both the variety of trees we have here in Williamsburg, literally everything from fruit to nuts. :-)

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Seed Pods


I've been watching the seed pods on our Southern Magnolia trees in the area mature. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Monday, September 11, 2023

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Ships, Old and New

Festival Park, where the masts of the replicas of the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery are just barely visible.

A more modern ship, the Century Bright, shown above, is here seen heading toward the Chesapeake Bay after leaving the port in Hopewell, Virginia.

Friday, September 8, 2023



A couple of the other "passengers" taking the Jamestown Scotland Ferry across the James River last night.

Clouds forming on the horizon hold out the promise, at least, of cooler temperatures to come.

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