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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".

Bugs & Blooms 2

July 24, 2013. I’ve been out stalking bugs with my camera again, and I found a lot of interesting insects on some Queen Anne’s lace…first, a flower scarab beetle–what cool markings! Lots of wasps were also attracted to this wildflower…first a potter wasp, so named…

Hummingbird Moth

July 10, 2013. When you think of hummingbirds, you probably think of this, right?  This is a female ruby-throated hummingbird–no red throat like the males have, and notice the white tips of her tail feathers (that males do not have.)  I spotted this little gem…

Bugs and Blooms 1

June 26, 2013. I’ve decided to showcase some of the beautiful flowers on the Museum grounds as well as a few insects that visit these flowers for food–usually nectar, but sometimes pollen as well.  And it’s a good thing that insects visit flowers because they…

Say Ahhh! 1

June 12, 2013. Every once in a while I’m at the right place at the right time to photograph an animal with its mouth open.  No, really!  It’s actually very hard to do!  But I do get lucky sometimes, like earlier this year, I caught…

Polyphemus Moth Update 2013

May 29, 2013. Remember that large bright green caterpillar I featured in my Polyphemus Caterpillar & Cocoon post in September 2012? Recall, I took the caterpillar home in a container lined with paper towels.  It was one of those rare days that I didn’t bring…

Spring Things 2013

May 15, 2013. Here at the Museum, it’s a busy time–not just for people, but for animals, too!  I caught a few busy insects over the last few weeks.  When you think of “busy” do you think of ….bees?  Yep, around here, the bees are…

Raccoon Antics 1

May 1, 2013. With their beautiful plush fur…. ….and striped tails: Raccoons are certainly some of the favorite creatures that our guests love to watch.  It sometimes takes a little patience to find them in their exhibit area–they are fond of naps and frequently choose…

Pelican Feeding

April 17, 2013. It’s a real treat for our guests to watch our animal keepers feed our pelicans in the outdoor aviary, so I thought you might like to see it, too.  Here’s one of our pelicans waiting patiently for fish to be tossed from…

You Otter Be in Pictures 2

April 3, 2013. Hey!  Am I too cute or what?! Guests at the VLM are always enchanted with our male river otter: Here he takes a plunge in his pool and swims towards the large plexiglass window at the bottom of the pool: Looks like…

Cedar Waxwings

March 20, 2013. It was a dark and stormy night….just kidding!  It was actually a cold, overcast morning (March 1, 2013) when a whole flock of cedar waxwings mobbed the Museum grounds in search of food.  I observed them eating a variety of berries:  holly…