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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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No animal news to report today; instead, we’re bringing you a bit of Christmas cheer from Colonial Williamsburg. Members of the Green Spring Garden Club spruced up the historic district last weekend. Here are the fruits of their labors (pun intended!)

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All photos by Jennifer Miele.

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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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Here are some chances to score fame and prizes for your pets this Halloween!

Enter your pet’s photo into these costume contests and ask your friends and family to vote for your pet!

1. Blue Pearl Emergency Hospital in Virginia Beach is organizing a contest in which the winner get FREE pet food for a year! Enter on Facebook.

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2.  Oxyfresh is holding a costume contest in which the winner receives an iPad Mini!

 

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We will soon be trading out Alexandra Whiteside’s photos on our waiting room “art wall” for an original painting by Alexandra.

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All but one of the photos are for sale by the artist. (The Fokker DR-7 photo is privately owned by Dr. Miele and is not for sale.)
Please contact us if you have an interest in purchasing an item and we will put you in touch with Alexandra.

Meanwhile, here is a sneak peak at “Fountain,” the new piece we will be exhibiting. “Fountain” was a work in progress when this photo was taken.

A portion of "Fountain," an original painting by Alexandra Whiteside.

A portion of “Fountain,” an original painting by Alexandra Whiteside.

Alexandra is Dr. Miele’s eldest daughter. She has exhibited her photography at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Norfolk Botanical Garden, Waterside Festival Marketplace, and Major Hillard Library in Chesapeake. She has most recently exhibited her paintings at the Hampton Roads Convention Center’s Halls of Art and at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach, where she is also an adjunct professor.

 

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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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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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d'Art CenterJoin the fun at this FREE reception with yummy cake, pet contests, adoptable animals, and prizes for the best pet photographers in town!
The d’ART Center is located in the historic Selden Arcade in downtown Norfolk, at 208 East Main Street.
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Sunday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m.
The Virginia Zoo presents the Virginia Symphony Orchestra
The Zoo’s events field will be transformed into a musical park so visitors can spread blankets or set up lawn chairs to enjoy a concert under the evening sky. Conductor Benjamin Rous will lead the orchestra in an evening of family favorites with animal themes ranging from the Pink Panther to The Lion King.
Gates Open at 6 p.m.
Concert Starts at 7 p.m.

Admission: $10
Zoo Members & Symphony Subscribers: $5
Ages 5 & Under: Free

Tickets can be purchased at the gate the evening of the concert. All pre-purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled concert.
This event is focused on music and animal exhibits will not be open.
Note that no outside food or beverages are permitted inside the Zoo. Zoo Grooves concert events will take place as scheduled, rain or shine. No coupons, discounts or passes will be accepted for this event, except as otherwise noted above.
For more information, visit www.virginiazoo.org.

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