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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

Creek

A typical Maryland creek

 

Creek

Jack-in-the-pulpit

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

 

Dragonfly

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)?

Forest

Early spring Maryland forest

 

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

Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Garden Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)

 

 

Orange Day-Lily (Hemerocallis fulva)

Damselfly

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

 

Annapolis

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.

 

Farm

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)