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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Marbled Orbweaver (Araneus marmoreus; Araneidae) | Halloween colored spider in October 😍
With all the wildfires raging the west coast I really miss this badassery time of my life. I have such a strange fascination with fire. "The ultimate contradiction; often beautiful, terrifying, destructive, renewing and life giving, all at the same time." ‪There is "good fire" and "bad fire" in the forest as there is in you and me, and it's such a fascinating thing to learn about let alone witness!‬ Hats off to all you out there attempting to tame the beast of the beauty, the upmost respect and appreciation to you all👌🔥❤️.
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Dr. Bryan Watts (Center for Conservation Biology) ascends to an artificial cavity to place a red-cockaded woodpecker in its new home, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, VA. Photo by Robert B. Clontz / The Nature Conservancy (@rbclontz).

During October 5-6, 2017 biologists from several southeastern US states assembled to translocate 8 red-cockaded woodpeckers (RCW) to the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. These birds will augment a small population established through similar translocations in 2015 and 2016. The process involved trapping birds in South Carolina at sunset, as they returned to their cavities. Arriving in Virginia a few hours later, they were carried into the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge where biologists climbed trees to place them in their new homes.

The process is showing signs of success. In the spring of 2017, the first RCW nesting occurred in the swamp in over 40 years. .
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For the last 6 years or so I've had a hard time noticing the beauty of small things. It became quite apparent when @melissalesh and I began making a life together and I noticed how she noticed the smallest things: a bug, the way light hit a leaf, the shape of a shadow cast, even the tiniest reflections. Even when she pointed them out I had a hard time appreciating them. It turns out I was struggling a low grade depression, and as William Styron wrote in his book darkness visible, it was as if the world had no color, Food had no taste, time spent with loved ones wasn't the same as years before. But the good news is all this is gone now, and when I'm out there these days I'm not only finding but smiling at those random, beautiful things that exist all around us if we take the time to stop and look around. Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp had these details, these small beautiful things in droves, and I spent an entire morning photographing things like this simple stick sculpture set perfectly, almost floating in the reflection of the sky on the lake Drummond. Do yourself a favor and visit the great dismal swamp. I recommend October : very few bugs, cool temperatures , changing color of leaves. #loveva #VAoutdoors #liveyouradventure @visitvirginia

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