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Every once in a while, I step outside the world of cats and dogs at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, to find other creatures worthy of admiration.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly photo by Jen Miele

This week, I visited the garden of a local hospital, and this dragonfly came by to keep me company. He sat patiently for an extended photo shoot, including this close-up. I suspect he enjoyed the attention!

What will you see, on closer inspection of your surroundings?

-Jen M.

Previous Picture Day posts:

https://littlecreekvet.com/2017/05/16/picture-day-fauna-at-local-parks-and-gardens/

https://littlecreekvet.com/2014/12/09/picture-day-christmas-in-colonial-williamsburg/

 

https://littlecreekvet.com/2014/07/15/picture-day-pops-of-color/

https://littlecreekvet.com/2014/05/06/evening-in-the-garden/

https://littlecreekvet.com/2013/04/25/picture-day-a-walk-in-the-parks/

https://littlecreekvet.com/2010/08/03/picture-day-part-2/

 

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We’ve been blessed with gorgeous weather lately, in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Chesapeake area, so I’ve taken to strolling around local parks and gardens with my camera, hoping to catch some wildlife enjoying the sun-soaked days, too. (Want a closer look? Click any photo below to enlarge it!)

At the Norfolk Botanical Garden, I found

this bunny resting along the berm that separates the Garden from the airport,

this raccoon racing through a sunny spot in the grass,

this green heron resting in a tree,
its plumage smoothed back into a sleek coiffure.

At the Chesapeake Arboretum, I spied

this iridescent teal damselfly, posing for its close-up,

this snake enjoying a soggy mudbath before heading for higher ground.

What will you find on your next outdoor adventure?

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One of the benefits of my annual membership to Norfolk Botanical Garden is the opportunity to experience the colors of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter in this lush, urban oasis less than two miles from our clinic.

I strolled through the woods last Sunday to observe the colors of the season. Though skies were hazy, I found some bright spots amid the grey.

Bee Me

Petal Power

Berry Nice to Meet You

Azaleas Abloom

Holly Days Are On The Way

A Forest Ablaze

Inspired? Go see for yourself the colors of Autumn,
blazing in the Garden. But hurry! Winter’s on the way!

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This gloomy rainy evening has got me thinking that we need to add a little color to liven things up. I offer to you these bright, joyful flowers and berries growing in Norfolk’s own Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary.

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All photos by Jennifer Miele

 

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Since our clinic is happily located only minutes away from Norfolk Botanical Garden, I decided to make use of my membership card and take a stroll after work. Join me on this walk through the woods and then make time to see it for yourself.

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The gardens were peaceful, except for the stirrings of little forest creatures like this guy:

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The raccoon posed for a photo as he crossed the lane, but I took so long getting the camera ready that he tired of waiting and moved on.
I had no chance to snap his little friend who came crashing through the shrubs a moment later.

Lush banks of azaleas urged me onward.

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The azaleas seemed to glow with color even as sunlight began to fade.

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I stopped to gaze at the lake where fish caught their dinner and lazy turtles napped in the waning light.

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This has always been my favorite reading spot in the garden.
Without a book in hand, I snapped a photo and continued on.

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The white azaleas beckoned me forward. How could I resist?

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At nearly 7 o’clock, I headed back to the parking lot.
But first, a quick stop at the fountain…

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…and the Japanese Garden.

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My visit is complete.
What will you see when you visit the Garden?

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All photos by Jennifer Miele.

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One of my favorite parts of blogging is playing movie reviewer. Today is no exception!

It’s not always easy to find wholesome, family-friendly movies at the theaters, but I’ve got two for you:

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, showing in IMAX 3D at the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton (well worth driving through the tunnel.) Visit Madagascar without leaving your seat. You’ll learn the most common threat to the lemurs’ habitat and see what people are doing to save them. Prepare to fall in love with Nature’s clowns. After the movie, head to the beach to run and dance like a lemur — you’ll learn how when you see this film!Lemurs

 

Disneynature’s Bears, showing at local theaters. [Find them on Fandango.] Follow the incredible journey of a mother bear and her two cubs across the Alaskan wilds, fending off dangerous predators and searching for a secluded feeding ground that will guarantee the family’s survival through the approaching winter.

The cubs (Scout and Amber) have their own little “personalities”: whereas Scout prefers to run off and explore (which gets him into some real trouble), Amber sticks close to mama — especially when she discovers that a “bearback” ride is so much easier than walking! The cubs run, play, and cuddle. You’ll want to bring one home after the movie – but DON’T! Bears cost a lot to feed and, I am told, they are difficult to housebreak.


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On the horizon: Dolphin Tale 2.

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Spider Season

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Sewing machine spider. Check out her awesome zigzag stitch!

Same spider as above; this is her other side.

Same spider as above; this is her other side.

This one I named "Wolfie." My sister made a special trip to save me from this spider and remove it to the outdoors - where it belongs!

This one I named “Wolfie.” My sister made a special trip to save me from this spider and remove it to the outdoors – where it belongs!

The sudden proliferation of spiders tells me we’re drawing ever closer to Halloween. Some nights, webs are strung across the driveway, from tree to tree. Other webs are appearing at windows and across porch railings. Provided the long-leggedy beasties keep the bug population down and I manage to avoid getting wrapped up in their webs, I’ll let them stay.
More spider pictures here.

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