The 003 Blog (Fall 2006)

Friday, September 22, 2006

A Walk Around Clopper Lake (Gaithersburg, MD)

Today is the first day of fall! My husband and I hiked around Clopper Lake in the state park near our house. The hike took two hours. It was a pleasant, cool day, but not very sunny. We saw lots of wild animals, such as Canada Geese, Whitetail Deer, a Great Blue Heron, and even a Red Fox! (I was not fast enough to get a picture of the fox.) Although we did not see any beavers, we saw some trees which beavers had felled with their sharp yellow teeth. (If you don't know what a beaver is, Google "beaver" (image).)

I took some pictures of plants, too. Milkweed is the favorite food of the Monarch butterfly, which migrates from the Eastern U.S. all the way to Mexico! Poison ivy is a vine which is common in the Eastern U.S. and which most people are extremely allergic to. If you touch it, you can develop a painful, itchy rash. I took some pictures of it so that you can learn to recognize and avoid it.

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  • Hello Nina, and greetings from Denmark! Such fine pictures; I would certainly enjoy visiting you some time.

    By Blogger SusNyrop, at 11:03 AM  

  • Hello Mrs.Liakos. I guess you got pretty good time. If I have a chance I wanna go there.

    By Blogger James, at 3:30 PM  

  • Hello Mrs.Liakos. I guess you got a preety good time. If I have a chance I wanna go there.

    By Blogger James, at 3:33 PM  

  • Hi teacher Nina,
    The place is so great and beautiful. I heard people say that there have chance to see wild animals in person. I hope that I can visit there next time.

    By Blogger Jenniferho, at 6:17 PM  

  • Hi, Nina
    I am sure you had a good time with your husband. And this place is wonderful. Also, I will try to go there sometime.

    By Blogger essa-mei2006, at 12:06 AM  

  • HI,Nina

    I like this place and I hope to go there with our class, and I like to spend my times with my family. really I like your photo with your husband.

    By Blogger saoud, at 1:55 AM  

  • Hello, Nina, you seems had a very nice weekend. I like your pictures so much because I like nature. The Clopper Lake looks like very beautiful. I like it. ^^

    By Blogger Cindy, at 11:51 AM  

  • Hi Lina..
    Give me a chance to visit there!~
    I think I need a refreshing through visiting somewhere.

    By Blogger HSK, at 10:15 PM  

  • The scenery of the pictures is amazing! I stared intently at them! Thanks for sharing!

    By Blogger Hiromi, at 1:08 AM  

  • Thanks for your nice comments. I also love to spend time in a natural place like a forest. I went back to the park today and walked on a different path. If you want to join me for a hike in Seneca Creek State Park, I would be happy to show you my favorite trails--but it's quiet far from UM so you would have to find a way to get there! (Hiromi remembers how long it takes to get to Gaithersburg by bus!)

    By Blogger Nina Liakos, at 6:27 PM  

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