A Wild Life at Huntley Meadows Park
At Huntley Meadows Park, life is peaceful and wild. Visiting the park over the weekend for a nature journaling class, we escaped the congestion back home, took refuge under the tall canopying trees and found friendship in the distance from chirping birds and splashing frogs.
If you’re new to the area or haven’t been to Huntley Meadows, make a note on your mental to-do list to visit. Its wonders can be enjoyed all year long, with many activities available at night and during the cold winter months.
All around you the trees are majestic and grand, but there’s even more to see at ground level — mushrooms on stumps mimic barnacles on a ship, the fallen tree’s branches form the handles of the ship’s wheel.
Trails are clearly marked, we took the Heron, soon to find out why it bears that name.
As we reach the trail’s boardwalk, the trees subside, forming a window to a rich and lush marsh. If I had a telephoto lens on this day, perhaps I would have a better photo of the pensive Blue Heron keeping watch in the distance. He’s there, trust me. In addition to the Blue Heron, there are over 200 species of birds living here, observation towers around the marsh make this a primo spot for birding.
Slow down, sit, don’t miss the pops of color, texture and shapes which make this such a vibrant place. Watch for creatures large and small — a deer cooling down after a brisk run, a beaver busy working on his home or a caterpillar out for an afternoon snack — just a few of the many who call Huntley Meadows home.
Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, just a few miles down Route 1 from Alexandria. You can visit all year, check out the visitors center or sign up for one of their many classes for children and adults.
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