Saturday, June 25, 2016
As I started on a bird-watching walk around Centennial Lake yesterday afternoon, it was clear that this park was very close to or in the path of Tuesday's small tornado. Broken trees were a common sight along the path, and a couple of larger trees had been snapped in two or uprooted. Park crews had done a lot of work since Tuesday to clear up debris and move it off the path.
Here are a few scenes from my walk, with the heron pictured above being the star of that afternoon's bird-watching. I found more scenes of nature on a steamy summer day rather than nature smashed by a tornado...
Monday, June 20, 2016
silver-spotted skippers on milkweed
It was my first visit to this park sandwiched between Centennial Lane and Font Hill Drive in Ellicott City. Walking is on mostly level paved paths and raised boardwalks (no railings) through marsh and woodland habitats. The park is a designated hotspot in eBird, and it apparently is a great place for butterflies and dragonflies. (I submitted reports for both eBird and the Howard County annual butterfly survey.)
Parking note: I found the cramped little pull-off area on Centennial Lane. Next time, I'll try the street parking.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
A burst of wind and rain lasted just a few minutes on Wednesday morning, but it made some dramatic changes in scenes at Lake Kittamaqundi....Above: An osprey seeks shelter as the weather system approaches.
Following photos: A walk around the lake in the sun on Tuesday, making observations for eBird and Howard County's annual butterfly survey...
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Recent scenes and wildlife around Lake Kittamaqundi