I spent a sublime morning this week at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, in the beautiful State of Maryland.

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Maryland in August

Outside the Visitor’s Center, a wildlife garden that includes Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis),

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Maryland in Fall

The very-familiar Rudbeckia with the less common Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana).

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One of the many abandoned farmhouses within the Refuge.

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Maryland in Fall

Grasslands.

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Maryland in Fall

Osprey perch.

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Maryland in Fall

Erosion control measure.

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Maryland in Fall

Photo of osprey heron in a tree taken from the driver’s seat, leaning over my passenger.

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Maryland in Fall

Same view, with osprey heron not as noticeable but with the sun!

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In nearby Chesapeake, Maryland