Lake Artemesia, Maryland

A photography trip to Lake Artemesia where attractions include cycling, running, recreation fishing, bird watching, and walking trails that connect to Anacostia Tributary Trails of Indian Creek. Sealed pathways surround the lake edge where many signs describe the history and animals, especially to walk the colorful Luther Goldman Birding Trail.  The 38 acres of lakeland is very close to the Maryland University, National Archives, Greenbelt and College Park of Berwyn Heights.

There are wonderful sealed walkways and other trails to the lake edge and view colorful reflections,  especially in the autumn. I have seen many interesting animals such as beavers, turtles, snakes, herons, egrets, woodpeckers, swans, barred owls, and the redhead Waterfowl.  There are so many migrating birds to view, especially in winter.

In the coming seasons the challenge will be to photograph the Kingfisher bird feeding as I have viewed trout and bass in the lake. I have seen the water snake and musk-rat coming close to the lake edge where the cattail plants grow covering the embankment.

History; the lake was originally dug as a gravel extraction pit in the 1860s. 1890 inspired Edwin A Newman, a real estate developer, to create an exclusive resort community Lakeland. The man-made Lake now called Artemesia is named in honor of Clara Artemesia Newman.  The Dref family originally owned the land and use to farm goldfish.

This exclusive Lakeland residential area attracted employment at the Maryland University.  At the turn of the twentieth century, African-Americans began to move into the Lakeland community, although typically along the outer edges of the neighborhood, near the Indian Creek. A review of the census shows that in 1910, Lakeland was predominately a white neighborhood with a few African-American families living in the community. By 1920, more African-American families moved into the neighborhood, but white families were still the majority of property owners. In 1930, only a few white families remained in Lakeland and lived primarily along the Washington-Baltimore Pike, now Baltimore Avenue/Route 1.

Present; Lake Artemesia is now a park in Prince George’s County, where much restoration of housing is in progress. New playground areas are walking distance to the lake, which attract many visitors from DC and the greater Maryland to enjoy this beautiful environment.

My Gallery “Lake Artemesia”,  includes a selection images from previous visits to this park.

Swallowtail and buttonbush
Lake Artemesia in fall color
Glide Blue Heron
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Snowy wings
Canada Geese bonding
Assassin bugs
Feed and rest spanworm
Tiger Swallowtail on Buttonbush
Snowy Egret Wings
Snowy Egret at water edge
Swallowtail and Thistle
Spicebush butterfly and Thistle
Golden Spider and thistle
In your face dragonfly
Snowy reflections
 Spicebush butterfly and Thistle
Parasites over caterpillar
Carpenter Bee
Barn Swallow
Brown Harvestman
Wild flower
Wild flower
Native grass
Tundra Swan
Resting on Log
Tundra Swan
Tundra Swan
American Coot
Bird in tree
Feeding Barn Swallow
Saddle Back
Moth catapillar
Mocking Bird
Red humped Appleworm
Red Ant
Eastern carpenter bee
Wooley yellow catapillar
American Coot
Two Redheads
Spotted Apatelodes - Apatelodes torrefacta
Eastern carpenter bee
Carpenter Ant
Red humped Appleworm
Barn Swallow feeding
Swan in reflection
Egret looking in hope.
Swan in reflection
Flower in contrast light
Swan in reflection
fish at water surface
Wild Grass
Flower in soft light
Barnswallow resting.
Wild flower in contrast light
Squirrel resting on branch
Macro of dragonfly
Bumble bee and thistle
Golden rod spider
Stamen of color
Snowy Egret wing shading
Swallowtail spicebush
Egret at rest
Swallowtail spicebush
Swallowtail tiger
Snowy egret
Caterpillar and parasites
Assasin Bugs
Spanworm stretching
Great Blue Heron in glide
Geese bonding
lake Artemesia

Wings spread wide on this nectar filled Cottonbush.




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