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Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path Virginia Living Museum Educator, Lisa Wright passionately gathers images for this photographic journal exploring the smaller (and often overlooked) natural wonders encountered "off the beaten path".

Fall Leaves 2014

November 8, 2014. I always enjoy fall–with its welcome cool, crisp air and riot of color.  At the Museum over the last couple of weeks I’ve watched the leaves turn brilliant yellow, orange, and red.  Here’s a few shots of the fall foliage as well…

Garter Snake Eats Frog

September 25, 2014. Okay, this is really not so much “off the beaten path” as “right on the beaten path!”  On September 9, 2014, I came across a common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) eating what appears to be a green frog right on the main…

Regal Moth

July 23, 2014. Last September (2013) I wrote about a really beautiful (OK, some might say weird-looking) caterpillar known as a “hickory horned devil.”  Remember this? Well, after ten months, the moth emerged on July 3, 2014.  Remember the tropical storm we had around that…

Just Being Nosy 1

June 25, 2014. OK–I’ve had you guess whose feet, whose eyes, whose feathers, whose scales…but how about “whose nose?”  See if you can figure out who these noses belong to.  For the photos below, I’ll give you a hint for the first one–it belongs to…

Eastern Gray Squirrels 1

June 11, 2014. From a small child’s excited “Look, mommy, it’s a squirrel!” to a total lack of interest, and anywhere in between–I’ve heard many comments about eastern gray squirrels which roam the Museum’s grounds (and are probably roaming around your yard, too.)  People have…

Paleontology Program Update 1

May 28, 2014. There’s a lot to do and see here at the Museum for the summer of 2014!  One of our special programs is the Behind-the Scenes Paleontology Program where guests can learn about fossils and help us excavate and preserve a real fossil…

Birds of a Feather 3

May 14, 2014. We have lots of birds here at the Museum….see if you can guess who these birds are by looking at their feathers: The first one easy, right?  Owls have 14 neck vertebrae, allowing their neck to be very flexible and an owl…

Flowers in Bloom 1

April 30, 2014. Thanks to our wonderful Horticulture Dept., there’s usually something in bloom here at the Museum from early spring through late fall.  During the month of April I found lots of blooms on the Museum grounds.  First, some white flowers…like dogwood blossoms (our…

Eye See You 4

April 16, 2014. Ready to guess whose eyes these are?… The first belongs to a lionfish.  An invasive species in this area and up the eastern seaboard, lionfish are native to Pacific waters.  They have venomous spines in their fins–so don’t touch!   The second…