A Red Admiral Butterfly

Tuesday, October 10, 2023,

This is a Red Admiral Butterfly that I found at the Lido Beach Passive Nature Area. This is a great preserve that doesn’t get enough praise, but only because it’s basically across the street from Nickerson Beach and Point Lookout. Those two beaches get a good deal of much deserved attention, but the Passive Nature Area has its own charms. Despite its close proximity to both of those beaches, the Passive Nature Area contains very different ecosystems than the basic beach fronts, and as such, it attracts several different species than the beaches. These beautiful little butterflies are an example. JK


A Juvenile Osprey at Lido Beach

Wednesday, September 6, 2023,

This is a juvenile Osprey stretching his wings and striking poses. I came across this youngster at the Lido Beach Passive Nature Area in Lido Beach.

He, or she, is only newly fledged, and is quite new to this whole flying thing. Also, being a youngster, it needs to work on looking “cool”. We’ve all been there. This young one is just working on its “moves”. Again, we’ve all been there. How many of you remember Jordache jeans? How many of you are cringing at that memory?  🙂 I, myself, am embarrassed that I remembered how to spell Jordache.




Fiddler Crabs

Wednesday, November 17, 2021,

These are a pair of photos of some Fiddler Crabs I encountered while walking through Lido Beach Passive Nature Area in late September. I had turned a corner and there they were, just a few feet from the path. They all scurried away at my sudden appearance, but I’ve had some experience with Fiddler Crabs before and I was fairly certain they’d reappear and continue with business as usual if I just hung back and waited them out. So, I dropped back a few feet – this is where a long lens comes in handy – and stood still for a few minutes. After a while, the crabs began reemerging from their holes and the nearby deeper water and returned to the mud flats where I had first seen them. Now, while that may seem like a plan that came together, there is always a great deal of luck when dealing with Mother Nature. She is a capricious and uncanny Lady, who makes her own rules, and then, disregards them at will. So, trust me when I tell you that I was lucky to get these pics. JK.