Maryland and the East Coast region

White-Tailed Deer

The White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is common all over Eastern US. You often see them at dusk and dawn, and not at least as roadkills in the morning



Although Maryland and the eastern coast of the US is heavily populated, the region offer quite a lot of nature and wildlife sighting opportunities. In particular, the Chesapeake Bay marshlands and the Atlantic coast holds many reserves well worth a visit. Here I have posted pictures from some of my trips in the region in 2001, all scanned from color slides.


Atlantic ocean, Cape May

Atlantic coast. Here near Cape May, New Jersey


Catoctin mountain area. This is Cunningham Falls State Park, as far as I remember. Camp David, the presidental retreat, is situated not far from here


Chesapeake Bay coastline. Here Calvert Cliffs State Park


A typical Maryland creek




Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) is a widespread early-blooming eastern plant


Showy Orchis

Showy Orchis (Galearis spectabilis), early flowering orchid

Finzel swamp

The Finzel Swamp Nature Reserve in western Maryland, about 3 hours drive from Baltimore on the border to West Virginia



A dragonfly at Finzel Swamp. Chalk-fronted Corporal (Ladona julia)

More Maryland outback


At the Finzel Swamp Nature Reserve parking lot in 2001. With my old 1991 Honda Accord

Water arum

Water Arum (Calla palustris), Finzel swamp


Common Blue Violet

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)

Ground Cedar (Diphasiastrum digitatum), a Lycopodiopsida species here photographed in the Cranesville Swamp. The Cranesville Swamp Preserve is a 650 ha preserve situated on the border between Maryland and West Virginia, some 4 hours drive from Baltimore. Located in Garrett County, Maryland, and Preston County, West Virginia


Another Lycopodiopsida species from the Cranesville Swamp. Could be Shining Cubmoss (Huperzia lucidula)


A withering Trillium


Maybe Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)?


Early spring Maryland forest



Virginia forest

Shenandoah National Park

The Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, maybe 3 hours drive from Baltimore


Large-flowered tillium

Large-Flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

Fall foliage colors in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia


Colorful foliage in Shenandoah National Park

Probably Early Meadow Rue (Thalictrum dioicum)


Cutleaf Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

Swamp area

Marsh area near Baltimore


Sandy coast

Sandy beach at Assateague Island. Known for feral horses

Large-flowered bellwort

Large-Flowered Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)



Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Garden Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)



Orange Day-Lily (Hemerocallis fulva)


Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly (Calopteryx maculata), probably Seneca Creek State Park, Montgomery County, Maryland


Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

Probably Purple Virgin's Bower (Clematis occidentalis)


Squawroot (Conopholis americana)

Eastern red columbine

Eastern Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)


Pink lady slipper
Pink Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium acaule), a woodland spring orchid

Annapolis, Maryland



Atlantic City, with Trump Plaza Hotel and casino, New Jersey


Atlantic City boardwalk, New Jersey

Creek, Maryland


Swamp, Maryland

Soliders delight

Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area. A serpentine barren home to some rare plants. Chromium mining: During the 19th century Soldiers Delight and the Bare Hills district of Baltimore City were the largest producers of chrome in the world. In these two locations, chromite is a significant accessory mineral in the serpentine and was mined up until 1860.



Maryland farm

Early flowering Grass-leaf Blazing Star (Liatris graminifolia), Soliders Delight Natural Environment Area


Common Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), Soliders Delight Natural Environment Area

Large-flowered Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata), Soliders Delight Natural Environment Area


Soliders Delight Natural Environment Area trail. The land surface over serpentinites is stony, unfertile and sparsely vegetated - hence the term "serpentine barren." Typically a serpentine barren contains scrub oak and pine, cedar, grasses and some unique and rare wildflowers


Ring-billed gull

Ring-Billed Gull (Larus delawarensis), the typical gull in the area


Virginia Waterleaf

Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)


Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)


Wood Duck

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)