Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)- Philadelphia County, PA
A predated Channel Catfish (head) found on a trail near a lake.
Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)- Philadelphia County, PA
A large Slider that I observed crossing a trail in between two bodies of water. Note the slight “pyramiding” of the shell- a potential deformity in which the shell is risen under each scute.
Metompkin Seafood Market - Mappsville, Virginia
The best soft-shell crab and fried oysters I have ever eaten.
I had an amazing time at This Is Hardcore 2014 this past week. I have only been to the east coast once before so it was quite the experience. On the first day, we made a trip down to Virginia. Amazing scenery and insane weather- we got caught in a summer thunder storm! We haven’t had any real rain in California for months, so it was great to get wet!
The entire fest was amazing. Met some great people and saw many great bands. Favorites were: E-town Concrete, Cold World, Incendiary, Angel Du$t, Madball, and CIV (who ended up bringing out Porcell and Mike Judge to cover Warriors by Blitz). Cannot wait till TIHC 2015.
Herping wise, I was not able to spend as much time out in the field as I would have wanted to, as each day consisted of 12+ hours of music! I did manage to spend about an hour or two in an urban park where I was able to observe Leopard Frogs, Eastern Fence Lizards, an Eastern Garter Snake, and a Red-eared Slider. Unfortunately, I was only able to photograph the turtle (an invasive species there, I believe).
Great times with great people.