There is a little park in Henrico I used to pass all the time and I finally went in last week. It has about a 1/2 mile trail that loops around the lake with a few benches to sit and watch the wildlife on. It also has a picnic area with some grills as well as a small playground.
While most people probably go clock-wise around a trail, I tend to start on the right-hand side and go counter clock-wise (I do the same thing at the grocery store too, don’t quite know why). If you start on the right, you have to cross a bridge over a spillway that drops down into a smaller pond.
I stuck my head over the edge and found a mama duck and three babies either drinking the water, or catching little bits of I don’t know what and eating them. But it was cute to watch them float, catch themselves, and waddle back to mom!
I then made my way to the trail and took a few shots of the forest and trees as well as the path itself.
Not quite half-way around, there was an opening in the trees where I could see the lake again. I happened to look up while I was walking and spotted a Great Blue Heron!
I was fortunate enough to spot him (?) while catching a fish!
Preparing to swallow it
And its gone!
Half-way point around the lake
View of the end of the lake
Ferns and other foliage I spotted on the trail
The sun was going down, but I was still able to catch some rays through the leaves
Part of the fishing pier and parking lot off on the left
It’s a nice, peaceful and quaint park that I will definitely be returning to in the near future.