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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".

Nature’s Signposts

May 16, 2012. As I walk around the Museum grounds I’m fascinated by the many small signs of nature that perhaps go unnoticed by casual passersby.  For example, near the front entrance to the Museum, there are some witch hazel plants–and if you look closely…

Fine Feathered Friends

May 2, 2012. Remember the photo of those Carolina wren nestlings I posted two weeks ago?  I was able to take one final shot of all four of them before they fledged and left the nest: And those mockingbird fledglings are still around, with most…

Spring Things

April 18, 2012. Spring is in full swing here in Virginia–I very much enjoy the beauty of nature at this time of the year.  The trees are vividly green and abundant wonders of nature are around every corner.  These nestling Carolina wrens are tucked away…

Whose Tail?

April 4, 2012. As promised to the many school teachers and children that have visited the Museum, here’s another “Guess Who?” blog–this time dedicated to animal tails.  We’ll start off with an easy one–a large crustacean: Next, here are two tails: This tail is hard…

Signs of Spring

March 20, 2012. Happy first day of Spring!  I thought I’d share a few photos showing the many small signs of spring here on the Museum grounds.  First, a lot of wild migratory birds are back.  We get a large variety of songbirds, but my…

Reptile Weekend Update Feb 18-20, 2012

March 7, 2012. Wow!–Reptile Weekend was fantastic!  We had nearly 4,000 visitors (3,999 to be exact) over three days that came to explore the exotic reptiles displayed by several guest exhibitors.  Since I was working most of the weekend in our Planetarium, I didn’t get…

Mastodon Tooth

February 22, 2012. At a Girl Scout Event we hosted here at the Museum on January, 21, 2012, an inquisitive young girl scout named Shannon asked me about a mastodon tooth we have displayed in our “Virginia’s Underground” exhibit: And since she was so curious,…

Turtles and Lizards and Snakes–Oh My!

February 8, 2012. Every year over President’s Day weekend we look forward to “Reptile Weekend” which showcases reptiles–and amphibians, too!–much to the delight of Museum guests.  As most of you know, the Museum specializes in exhibiting native plants and animals of Virginia.  But, for this…

Eye See You

January 25, 2012. You may have figured out by now that I really like guessing games!  And, from comments I get from readers and also from blog stats, it seems the “guess who” entries are the most popular.  I won’t disappoint you today–my theme is…

Berry Interesting

January 11, 2012. So far, I’ve posted many entries focusing on animals, but this time I want to highlight some plants you can find at the Virginia Living Museum.  Specifically, I’ll show off some brilliantly colored berries found on the Museum’s grounds during the fall…