8-pt Buck at Miles Campground
The first weekend of November started with a forecast of unseasonably warm days and zero percent chance of rain. So I went camping; to one of the few places still open for the season – Elk Neck State Park.
All the elements aligned to make this the best camping outing ever:
- glorious blue sky, not a cloud
- daytime temps in the 60s; night temps in the high 30s – mid 40s
- full moon
- my campsite faced the sun rise
- on 2 nights, there was no one else in the campground.
So …. it did rain Monday morning. Because the theme of 2011 is “I camp – it rains”.
After the morning rain, the day (and the next several) were gorgeous. Some samples for leaf ID:
A bee sunned itself on one of my camping bins:
Exploring the park – the beach. No one there in November:
Evening at the boat launch area:
Every evening, I made a campfire and watched the moon rise:
Moon shine on the water:
Continuing with theme of 2011, 0% chance of rain: Rain started about 4:00am. Misty, rainy, foggy morning for last day of this trip:
A worm at home in my tent mesh:
Ducks on the river:
Spent a few minutes with the park staff watching an 8-point buck near the bathhouse, trying to get a good photo. The buck didn’t seem to be too bothered by us humans. If we got too close, he’d rush off, but he came back in a few minutes to another side of the bathhouse. Just as I pulled out of campground, I got this shot. [He’s on the left third of the photo, about center; standing in front of two trees. The antlers look whitish.]