Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Clifton Forge, Virginia

Canoes & Vernal Pools

Canoeing & sketching & writing.

First you have to learn how to cooperate to make the canoe go where you want to go.

And sometimes it's just too much effort to keep paddling!

Canoe council

Jane patrols Douthat Lake in her kayak.

Scavenger hunting without leaving the canoe is a challenge...

And so is writing and sketching in a canoe!

Dragonflies provided material for several sketches and poems.

Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctosa)

Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa)

It blows through the trees,
It's whispering in my ear.
Why can't we see it?

Dragonflies on Douthat Lake
flying in circles
around each other.
-- Kaleb (He thought he was taking field notes, but it came out as a poem.)
Buzzing all around
Wings fluttering in the air
Metallic Turquoise





Mucking around in the vernal pool. Doesn't that water just look refreshing?!

This must be a year for "babies" ("neonates" to biologists!).

Even when young, snapping turtles look positively prehistoric.

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