Virginia Zoo

I visited the Zoo the last time I was in Norfolk.  Back then, the reptile house had just opened, and some of the enclosures didn’t even have occupants yet. Some photos from another visit: ​Inside the zoo ​Young people can move the world ​Choo-choo ​Watching the Asian Small-Clawed Otters (and vice versa) ​The glamorous life of … More Virginia Zoo

Some Virginia Critters

Some critters I found in the past few days wandering round in Norfolk VA. A Harvestman, also known as a “Daddy Long-Legs” This moth was well-hidden on the tree bark, but I spotted her anyway This Ladybug was drinking something from this leaf Tiger Beetle. The brightest shiniest most dazzling electric green you can imagine. … More Some Virginia Critters

Photo Diary: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship, Norfolk VA

These two city museums are about a block away from each other. Both were closed for remodeling when I was in Norfolk last year. The lightship “Portsmouth” served for 30 years at several cities along the Chesapeake Bay coast before being retired. She is now permanently drydocked in Portsmouth VA. Some photos from a visit. … More Photo Diary: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship, Norfolk VA

Chesapeake Arboretum

Technically, the Arboretum isn’t in Norfolk—it’s in the nearby town of Chesapeake. It’s a city-owned park with gardens and several miles of nature trails. It’s still early in the year so they are still planting flowerbeds. Some photos. ​The Arboretum ​Gardeners at work ​Blue Flag Iris ​They’ve wrapped this branch with moss and tinfoil so … More Chesapeake Arboretum