Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Picture of the Day: Black Bear with His Dinner

August 15, 2011
Black bear (Ursus americanus ) removing a dead...

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Black Bear with a Salmon for Dinner

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Hike: Catoctin Mountain Park

April 22, 2011
Catoctin Mountain Park

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Washington DC is not the first place you would think of when you picture hiking, but there are many great trails within 60 miles from the nation’s capital. Visit Catoctin Mountain Park and try out the many great trails they have there. Here are some articles on the park.

Catoctin Mountain Park (US) Maryland Garmin Compatible Map

Here is a map of Catoctin Mountain Park (US Park), the home of Camp David, the Presidential retreat. Near by is Maryland’s Cunningham State Park. The area contains many hiking trails that lead to great water features and vistas. …

Publish Date: 02/13/2011 21:06

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/499/

At Maryland’s Catoctin Mountain Park, a Whiskey Still Gets You Up

Maryland’s Catoctin Mountain Park is a 5800-acre park located on rugged forested land about a 90-minute drive northwest of Baltimore. The popular park, which attracted over 440000 visitors last year, has one of the more unusual exhibits …

Publish Date: 09/17/2010 4:59

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2010/09/marylands-catoctin-mountain-park-whiskey-still-gets-you-close-and-personal-moonshine-history6890

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Catoctin Mountain Park

Catoctin Mountain Park was a decent park. We camped over the weekend on Father’s Day in ’08 and it was a really good camping ground. Almost all the camping spots were newly renovated and it was a beautiful campground under the trees. …

Publish Date: 03/05/2011 22:38

http://npsadventure.blogspot.com/2011/03/catoctin-mountain-park.html

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Daypacks: Top Quality Characteristics

Trash on the Trail: This Time a Treasure

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Beautiful Picture of Old Rag

April 22, 2011

VA-2009-01-05-001 Old Rag at Dawn

This was my second of two consecutive days attempt to capture sunrise at Old Rag, Shenandoah National Park. There was nothing to shot Sunday morning so I hiked up again Monday morning. Left the parking lot at 0500 and started the hike in the dark.

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The photo will appear dark in your monitor and I left it this way so it would really reflect what was witnessed at the moment. This is a 600 sec exposure at f/11, ISO 50.

Author:retzcare

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Hiking and Backpacking Tips: Lighten Your Load

Cougar Close Encounter

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Picture of the Day: Arethusa Falls

April 20, 2011

Arethusa Falls

Author:Pear Biter

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Rattlesnakes: Don’t Tread on Me

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Flying Falcon

April 8, 2011

Flight of the Falcon

I wasn’t very satisfied with my in-flight shots so far. Sure, once in a while one came out decently, but more out of luck than because I actually knew what I was doing. When I met the very sympathetic Falconer Gerrit van Zandvoort of Valkerij Rijssen , I asked if I could join one of their weekly trainings, just to practice the in-flight shots. I was positively surprised when he immediately agreed enthusiastically.

So, a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, I went to Rijssen. There were only a promising 2 people there when I arrived at the training in a local park. Both photographers :-).
I had good hopes that I could really witness the training quite .. eh… quietly..
But then…. some 300 pupils of a primary school came charging up onto the field… Gosh….

Must say, I was very impressed by one teacher who watched the tripod with the 500 mounted on it like a hawk (I had actually forgotten about it while shooting the wonderful birds with the other camera), when it got surrounded by dozens of school kids, lecturing them about being careful, polite etc. Hurray, for ‘old-fashioned’ moral!

It took all of my patience to be honest, to teath-grittingly see these beautiful birds fly, but always with one or the other school kid as background.

Then, Gerrit whispered “Stay put, we’ll train the young Falcons when they’ll all be gone”. And so they did. I was impressed by the dedication of the Falconers and the time and effort they put into the well-being of the birds. One of the young Falcons took off, soaring through the sky and it took the Falconers 1 hour of running after it, to persuade it to come back. As a side-line I must mention that this particular Falconry doesn’t practice ‘starving’ the birds forcing them to do anything for food; these birds are well nourished and pampered to bits. It’s up to them if they want to co-operate.. eh.. or not :-)).

I was watching a magnificent Eagle Owl meanwhile and I can tell you; it’s kind of psychedelic experience staring into the eyes of that beautiful Owl for an hour when he’s constantly staring back, turning his head 180 degrees while doing so. I felt a bit hypnotized afterwards. And who knows! Maybe I still am… 🙂

500mm Handheld

Author:hvhe1

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Hoisting Your Backpack Safely

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Take Your Children Hiking

August 26, 2010
Hiking at Moore State Park 5
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Hiking with your children can seem a like a daunting “task”. Here are some ways to make that “task” into a fun activity that you and your family can enjoy.

Take Kids Hiking and Lower Childhood Obesity: Families Hiking

Hiking with children offers a myriad of rewards such as reduced childhood obesity, a greater attention span, and a heightened awareness of the natural world. Kids hiking with families create lasting bonds, become more physically fit and …

Publish Date: 03/30/2010 23:01

http://www.suite101.com/content/take-kids-hiking-to-lower-childhood-obesity-a215606

Hiking With Young Children: Getting Outdoors With Kids Under Five

With patience and flexibility, parents can continue to enjoy hiking while spending quality time with young children and fostering a connection with the natural world. … Young children focus on their immediate surroundings. Rather than focusing on the destination or the physical achievement of a hike, children experience a hike directly through their senses. They move slowly, take in the details, and stop when something catches their attention. Children take the time to …

Publish Date: 06/26/2008 22:41

http://www.suite101.com/content/hiking-with-young-children-a58333

Take your kids hiking: 10 tips to make the adventure fun for the

Hiking with kids is a great way to get them connected to the outdoors at a young age, but it can also be intimidating for the parent planner. We challenge you to get the kids in your life out on the trail this summer, because part of …

Publish Date: 06/03/2010 16:14

http://wilderness.org/content/take-your-kids-hiking-10-tips-make-adventure-fun-whole-family

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Breaking in Hiking Boots

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Picture of the Day: Appalachian Trail by Night

July 20, 2010

Moonlight Hike on the A.T.

Hiking on the Appalachian Trail by moonlight can be an exhilarating experience, to say the least. It’s beautiful and mysterious, and with the knowledge that you are walking in the presence of bear, your limited vision can play tricks on you. The fog adds to the adventure especially where the trail passes close to the edge of a cliff.

This shot was taken at night, of course, on the A.T. between Thunder Ridge and Apple Orchard Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia…

The light in front is from the flash.

Author:D L Ennis

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A Double Whammy against Insects

Trail Numero Uno

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Quote of the Day: Nature Walks

June 28, 2010
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“In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks.” -John Muir

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Hiking Is Good for You, Mentally

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Quote of the Day: Wilderness

June 10, 2010
Sequoia sempervirens in Redwood National Park
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It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy. Horace Kephart

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Should Wolf Hunting Be Allowed?

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