Category Archives: Nature

Frozen Potomac

Wow!

Wow!

I am probably gonna sound dumb for saying this but here goes:

I have never seen the Potomac River frozen over like this.  It was just interesting to me to see it while I was on the subway.   I was able to quickly pull out my iPad and get some pictures of it.

In case your wondering, this was not today……it was a few weeks ago and the daily heights were struggling just to get to 20 degrees F.     They called it a “polar vortex” and to be honest, it was really, really annoying for it to be so cold for so long.

I didn’t think I I would say this but the temperature is 33 degrees F and it seems warm.  Comparatively speaking, that is.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that I will be wearing hot weather clothing.  I’m just not doing that, no no no.

Interesting animals found in Rock Creek Park

turkeys

 

I have lived near Rock Creek Park for most of my life and there are some rather interesting creatures I have had the privilege of observing over the years.

1  Rabbits:  For some reason, I haven’t really seen that many rabbits in Rock Creek Park, in fact I haven’t seen any there since I was about ten years old.  I happened to be near the zoo hospital and it was starting to get dark.  Yet, for some reason I saw many more in Arlington, VA once you cross the key bridge from DC to Virginia.

2.  Red Fox:  I have seen several foxes before, in fact I saw once just a few weeks ago right in front of my house.  This was surprising to me since it had to cross busy 16th Street to be on the other side from the park.

3. Opossums: This one is not really a surprise as they are known to do well in urban areas, again I have seen them in my yard (those things are hideous).

Once, I had just gotten home from work and so its like 1:30 am and while standing outside talking to one of my friends, I noticed a possum that looked as if it was walking towards us,  I warned him and he moved but that thing look like he wanted to take a bite out of his leg.

LOL!!!   Your’e welcome!!

4. White-tailed Deer:  These are really common in Rock Creek Park.  I can almost assume that anytime I go walking or riding my bike near my house that I will see them.  If you happen to be driving on Military road you are very likely to see them on the side of the road browsing.  In fact, just yesterday I ran into at least four of them when I was just walking around minding my business, and no, it was not an orange-colored sky.

A week ago while talking outside in my friends truck we heard what sounded like a thunder of hooves as they went across my neighbors yard and seemed to be headed directly for us.  Thankfully they weren’t but they just walked down the street.  To be honest, I was quite frightened.  All in all, they are very common creatures in this area.  So common that there are going to be sharpshooters that will be taking some of them down until the spring.

So you better not be in the park after dark!

Chipmunk:  Yes, I have had the privilege of seeing not only Chip but Dale as well although it was on different days.   They don’t appear to be super common but they are a lot more nervous than gray squirrels.

Red-Backed Salamanders:  I used to find these all the time when I was a kid.  It didn’t matter what season it was:  winter, spring, summer or fall I had to do was call and they would always be there.

Eastern Worm Snake:  I have only seen these twice in Rock Creek Park and that was about fifteen years apart.  I just remembered I mentioned that here.

Wild Turkeys:  Hmm. This is one animal I have never, ever seen.  It would be cool to actually see them though.

I have also never seen frogs or toads in Rock Creek Park either so hopefully this spring that will be a thing of the past.

 

 

 

 

2013 in review for me

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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Aww man, Baloo got lost!!

TaleSpin

TaleSpin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Just happen to be online today and I come across this article about a young black bear being found in DC.  I was like….yeah right you’re lying, but then I read it.

 

So it turned out to be true, whaddya know!

 

Maybe Baloo was trying to get away from Shere Khan or something, I mean that guy can be pretty terrifying, but seriously a bear in DC makes no sense.

 

So I figured that it got lost from the zoo, and I knew it wasn’t the circus because well, this is the wrong type of year for that, unless of course you are talking about the human variety.  In that case, that is all year round and is often the subject of my rants such as this and that

 

But I digress.

 

Ok here is what puzzles me.  How in the world does a bear end up in DC and end up in the Spring Valley neighborhood?   I mean it’s right down the street from Sibley hospital!  In fact, I can show you a map of where they located the bear.

 

So as it turns out, Baloo’s mom couldn’t bear having him around anymore so she told him he had to leave.  He said…fine mom. Next thing you know he’s wondering across streets, playing peekaboo with people as they look outside their windows and finally getting chased around a bit before being taken down with a tranquilizer.

 

He is sighted near MacArthur Boulevard and ends up on Rockwood Parkway and Indian Lane.  See the map below:

 

bear

 

 

 

 

Man, talk about a TaleSpin!!! 

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/bear-spotted-running-through-northwest-dc/2013/06/26/0571ad22-de65-11e2-b197-f248b21f94c4_story.html