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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".

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…

Spring Things 2014

April 2, 2014. I’ve done several “spring things” blogs in the past, so to keep up the tradition, here’s the 2014 edition of “spring things.”  I took these photos over the last two weeks or so.  After a more intense winter than usual (at least…

I’m All Ears 1

March 19, 2014. Here’s another “guess who” for you–this one features animal ears…       Figured it all out?  The first one was probably the easiest, belonging to our bobcat.  The backs of her ears show a pattern called “false eyespots” an adaptation used…

Reptile Weekend 2014 Part 2

March 5, 2014. In my last blog, I featured the many beautiful lizards on display during our annual “Reptiles Bizarre & Beautiful,” especially those exhibited by VIIPER (Virginians Interested In Protecting Every Reptile.)  Today I’ll feature some more amazing reptiles, and I’ll start you off…

Reptile Weekend 2014 Part 1

February 19, 2014. Our “Reptiles Bizarre & Beautiful” weekend was absolutely amazing!  Many, many thanks to all the VLM staff, volunteers, and guest exhibitors who worked long and hard to make this event a resounding success.  Today I’ll focus on some lovely lizards exhibited by…

Let It Snow 1

February 5, 2014. As the snow flew late on January 28, 2014, I knew it would be a great opportunity to photograph some snowy scenes at the Museum–snow is a pretty rare occurrence here, but lately, we’ve had quite a bit of it!  Even though…

Totally Turtles 1

January 22, 2014. This time of year at the museum, all of us start to get pretty excited about one of our most popular annual events:”Reptiles Bizarre & Beautiful” runs this February 15-17, 2014.  So, I thought I’d focus on some of my favorite reptiles….turtles! …

Waterfall 1

January 8, 2014. One of our most popular outdoor features is our waterfall located between the main building and our education center.  It’s entirely man-made, based on the actual geology and rock formations found in the Blue Ridge mountains.  The waterfall looks great during all…

Happy Holidays 2013

December 25, 2013. I wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!  These photos are of very special ornaments on the Museum’s favorite Christmas tree–ornaments hand-painted by long-time volunteer, Tede Johnson. I wish you peace….. Lisa

Eye See You 3

December 11, 2013. More guessing games!  This edition is about eyes…the first one is sort of a repeat if you’ve seen my other entries Eye See You and Eye See You Again, but I had an opportunity to get an excellent close up with my…