I arrived parked and crossed the field to the wood trail to the back of Stonewall Jackson's equestrian memorial sculpture. As I entered the wooded areas the lush green grasses really looked amazing. The trees are green and the old dead trunks standing and fallen always attract my eye.
The deer are everywhere but not always east to spot. I was lucky to be there alone this time of the afternoon before the joggers arrive to run the trails. I saw several deer in different spots along the way. They noticed me but usually did not flee which means I got to take pictures.
I saw lots of little birds but they move fast and have lots of leaves to hide behind. This one I managed to capture but I don't know what type of bird it is at only about 5 inches in length I can't even guess. Maybe it is some type of warbler is my best guess but it may not be mature enough to have adult markings.
On the trail which is gray gravel much of the way for tractors to traverse I saw an pretty butterfly with black and blue and a little orange colored markings and a toad hopped by me almost unseen. I would not have seen it without it's movement it's so well camouflaged.
A huge pasture was near the end of my walk and the big white clouds floating over the tall sandy colored grass reminded me of that long ago movie Out of Africa.
All along the path I kept seeing Eastern blue birds flying down out of the trees to the ground and back up to the low branches. Each time I moved a muscle they would flee and hide. Finally on my way out I spotted a bunch of them and my chance came to capture one preening on a branch for a while. What a treat it was to watch and photograph that pretty little blue bird.
Last of all I captured was this king bird who was chasing a mate and alighted on the very top of a tree to catch it's breath. It made a nice end to a lovely walk in the park.