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Description of Pictures: The Norfolk Botanical Garden has a tree where bald eagles have been keeping a nest for years. I was told the nest was originally on the other side of the airport (which is right next to the garden) but one of the eagles had been killed by a plane so the state decided to move the nest. Once a year, the eagles nest and raise young-uns. You're not allowed to disturb nesting eagles so the area right around the nest is closed off to visitors. You can see them from across the way in a structure called the "NATO Tower".
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NBGEAG_060504_030.JPG: Not a great picture but you can see the massive nest just above the center of the picture. Look on the branch coming out to the left of the nest and you can see an adult bald eagle looking at the nest.
NBGEAG_060504_040.JPG: The adult bald eagle looks away for food. In the nest itself, you can see one of the youngsters standing up on the right.
NBGEAG_060504_128.JPG: Bald eagle youngster near Norfolk
NBGEAG_060504_200.JPG: A surprising shot of the adult as it comes in to land
NBGEAG_060504_204.JPG: Note that there are three eaglets in the nest
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Wikipedia Description: Norfolk Botanical Garden
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The Norfolk Botanical Garden (155 acres) is a botanical garden with arboretum located at 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, Virginia. It is open daily except major holidays; an admission fee is charged.
The gardens date to the mid-1930s, when the city of Norfolk set aside a 75 acres of high, wooded ground plus 75 acres of reservoir for a city garden. In 1938, under a Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant, more than 200 African-American women and 20 men cleared the site. By March 1939, some 4,000 azaleas, 2,000 rhododendrons, several thousand miscellaneous shrubs and trees, and 100 bushels of daffodils had been planted. In 1958 the Old Dominion Horticultural Society took over maintenance and changed the garden's name to Norfolk Botanical Garden. A number of gardens were added through the 1950s and 1960s, including a Japanese garden, desert plants garden, colonial garden and rose garden. The Norfolk Botanical Garden, also known as the Norfolk Azalea Garden, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today the grounds include numerous theme gardens, including:
* All-American Selections Display Garden - features All-America Selections (AAS) of new annual varieties.
* Annette Kagan Healing Garden - medicinal plants, stream, and pools.
* Bicentennial Rose Garden (1976) - over 3,000 rose plants representing more than 430 varieties.
* Border Walk - traditional English-style border, with tulips, daffodils, pansies, as well as azaleas, hibiscus 'Diane', impatiens, petunias, and gomphrena.
* Bristow Butterfly Garden (2 acres) - a habitat for butterflies and moths.
* Colonial Herb Garden - American herb garden of the 1700s and 1800s, hedged with boxwood.
* Conifer Garden - dwarf and large conifers, including arborvitae, cryptomeria, False Cypress, juniper, and spruce.
* Fern Glade - numerous fern species.
* Flowering Aboretum (17.5 acres) - a coll ...More...
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2006 photos: Equipment this year: I was using all six Fuji cameras at various times -- an S602Zoom, two S7000s,a S5200, an S9000, and an S9100. The majority of pictures this year were taken with the S9000. I have to say, the S7000s was the best camera I've used up to this point..
Trips this year: Florida (two separate trips including Lotusphere and taking care of mom), three weeks out west (including Yellowstone), Williamsburg, San Diego (comic book convention), and Georgia.
Number of photos taken this year: 183,000.