1. Maggie and Charly and I walked the circumference of Greenbelt Lake twice today. The second time I put my Canon S95 on my belt and took the best pictures I could while having two corgis on the leash. I look forward to when I go to the lake without the dogs and can pause and try to set up some shots, but these were taken quickly. Here are a few of them, especially for you who didn't/can't see my Facebook album. I hope this helps you see what a splendid park I live within minutes of:
2. While I was walking Maggie and Charly the second time around Greenbelt Lake, a lively woman also carrying a small camera stopped me to ask me if I'd seen the hawk (I hadn't) and then she told me about pictures of birds she had taken. I lit up when she told me she'd photographed a cormorant. I wanted to tell her all about my great experience taking pictures of cormorants at Delta Ponds in Eugene, but I kept my mouth shut and listened to what this friendly woman had to say about her son's photography and the huge lenses he uses to photograph birds. I realized that I'd paid so much attention to the dogs while walking them, that I hadn't paid much attention to the birds of the lake.
3. I also took Charly and Maggie to the Panuxent Research Refuge to begin looking around and finding trails. We found a very short trail that featured a series of exhibits of the stories of pioneers in nature conservation in the U.S.A. It was like an outdoor conservation Hall of Fame. I didn't take my camera -- I will in the future.