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Frogs and Turtles and Snakes – Oh My!

There’s a small pond near our house called Poplar Pond. It’s part of Long Branch Nature Center, one of three nature centers in Arlington County.

For some reason I’m obsessed with this little pond. I stop there at least once a week, if not more often. I love how the change in seasons affects the pond. Different critters are active at different times of the year and you never know what you’re going to see. I think I’ve taken a bazillion photos there.


Earlier this week I was on my way to the library and I stopped by the pond. I was shocked to see a small snake gliding around on the surface of the water. I hadn’t seen any snakes in the pond before.

As I walked around the pond, I saw several more snakes, including a large one who came out of the water to lay on the platform. (You can see the platform in the two photos above.) Soon she was joined by two smaller snakes and they proceeded to mate. I counted six snakes total.

I went inside the nature center and asked the naturalist about the snakes. He said they were Northern Watersnakes, very common to freshwater here, and that it’s mating season. These particular snakes give birth to live babies, usually between August and October.

This morning I went back to the pond armed with my camera, hoping to see the snakes again. One of them was resting on an exposed log, and there were two others swimming and basking in the sun. I walked all the way around the pond looking at the snakes, American bullfrogs, and Eastern Painted turtles.

One turtle climbed out of the water and walked over the top of the snake who was resting on the log. The snake didn’t seem to mind at all!

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2012

Pinhole triptych

This was the first year I’ve participated in Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, which happened on April 29, 2012.  Just to be on the safe side (and because I’ve had limited luck with cameras I’ve made myself) I used a MintyCam, an empty Altoids tin reborn as a fantastic little 35mm pinhole camera. I bought my MintyCam from Chris Keeney, a very cool guy who makes very cool photographs, and not just with pinhole cameras.

If you have a chance, I highly recommend taking a peek at all the great pinhole photos submitted to the WPPD website from all over the world.

Welcome Home, Voigtländer Bessamatic Camera

On Saturday morning I stopped by Stifel & Capra to hang another piece in the Alcove space. It was super busy on Friday evening during the FIRSTFriday and I didn’t have a chance to look and see what’s new in the shop.

On the way out I saw a camera kit in a glass cabinet and had to take a closer look. It was a Voigtländer Bessamatic in pristine condition. It came with three lenses: 35mm, 50mm, and 135mm. It also came with a leather carrying case and little leather cases for each of the lenses.


This camera is really heavy! We’re talking more than two pounds! It also had a roll of film inside.

I think you know how this story ends. I bought the camera kit. Later that afternoon I took it out for a walk and finished the roll of film.

For more information on the Voigtländer Bessamatic, check out the Camerapedia page about it.