West Virginia Highlands, 2008

Seneca Rocks


A composite picture of the rocks.


The view from Seneca Rocks (can you see Brady's car?)


Damselfly


Elderberry


Pearly everlasting with pollinator


Fire weed on Spruce Knob

Dolly Sods

We visited a bird banding station...


Close-up of Magnolia warbler feathers


First year Magnolia warbler


Close-up of Magnolia warbler feet


Magnolia warbler in hand (note that only the experienced bird-banders may handle the birds).


Cape-May warbler


Cape-May warbler


Bird banding


Magnolia warbler after banding


Ruby-throated hummingbird, a little stunned from the nets.


Female Black-throated blue warbler in hand


Female Black-throated blue warbler


Female Black-throated blue warbler


Blue-gray gnatcatcher


Mark handling a Blue-gray gnatcatcher


Gentian flowers. Gee, how do they get pollinated?


Bees know how (that's a bee's behind sticking out).


A pipe-vine swallowtail


More fire weed


Tiny caterpillar


Mountain Holly (Ilex mucronata)


Sphagnum and cranberries


Cotton grass over the bog


Sundew (a carnivorous plant)


Sundew


Sundew


Sundew meal


Dragonfly


The road through Dolly Sods


Monarch butterfly wing


A blue-headed vireo


Salamander


Dragonfly


A different salamander


A red-spotted Purple butterfly


A black-billed cuckoo!


Cool insect wings


The Allegheny Front is the high-point in the middle. That's where Dolly Sods is.


Blackwater Falls


Blackwater Falls


Where most of your electricity probably comes from.


Where the forests are going.


Sideling Hill

Pictures of interest to naturalists (not necessarily pretty)


Fossil worm burrows (from the Silurian?)


There is a reason they are called cicada killers.


Cicada killer carrying away a cicada

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All photographs Copyright 2008 by Albert Hartley.   All images here are reduced, so if you want an electronic copy or reprint please contact Albert.