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The High Virginia Outdoors website is now up and running. New content is added daily. This website covers outdoors in Appalachia, with a different perspective. Nature,Photography,Tourism,History and Outdoor Recreation. My sites are now: www.highvirgi... 

One Chance Not Missed

July 2nd, 2010

Yesterday was one of those downer days. Nothing was going right. I decided to stop by the river and stare into the water for awhile. And I actually took my camera with me. the wind was blowing and the sun was beating down pretty hard in the early aft... 

Another Missed Chance

June 29th, 2010

How many times have you not followed the number one photography rule: Always Have Your Camera...? I stopped by the local river today, on the way back from work. I am working with the WV Division of Natural Resources on the 09-14 statewide breeding bi... 

Interesting Observation

June 21st, 2010

I had a pair of Tree Swallows nesting in a box this year. They raised 3 young. Two of the young were obviously larger than the other. The largest came out to test its wings on 6/18. The second one came out on the 19th. Both of them flew around most o... 

Spiny Oak-Slug

June 20th, 2010

I had never seen one of these, until last summer. I just happened to notice it on a Blackberry plant. Don't get scared: it is actually about 1/2 of an inch long. The Spiny Oak-Slug (Euclea delphinii) is a caterpillar with extremely variable color pat... 

Blowin in the Wind

June 11th, 2010

Butterflies are easy; right? That's what alot of people will lead you to believe. NOTHING in the real world, which is weak and fragile is easy to capture under real conditions. I was driving down a country road today, meadows on both sides, and no... 

Do you think that it is easy to create a collection of butterfly photos; in the real world? Try to do it and you will experience both the joy of adding new species and the sorrow of missed opportunities. I was working in my garden yesterday and a Bla... 

The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta rubria) is an early migrant in my region of Appalachia. It can be found in April and is an erratic flier. It is a butterfly of woodland edges. The adults prefer to feed on rotting fruit and sap flows. The preferred l... 

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