Explore Maryland: A Walk Around Lake Artemesia
On a day like today when the weather has been dull grey and very wet, I thought it would be a great idea to brighten the mood with one of my favorite shots from last summer. I took this photo on a warm July afternoon’s walk around Lake Artemesia, College Park, Maryland.
Lake Artemesia is a popular local park near College Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The lake has paved walkways that circle in a figure of eight around the lake forming an almost mile long loop that is great for short walks for all ages and abilities. The paths also form part of a much larger network of trails that run throughout the Washington DC area. Beautiful at this time of year the park supports a with a wide variety of flowers and animals as they go about their daily rituals. During our regular visits here we have encountered the usual ducks, geese, turtles, insects and birds, and once or twice come across very large rat snakes and a huge snapping turtle that was making its way from the surrounding forest into the lake.
The Lake Artemesia area was donated during the construction of the Washington Metro rail network in the 1970’s by local resident Artemesia N. Drefs, whose father originally surveyed the property in 1890. The construction teams that built the metro took sand and gravel from the park area in order to build the metro line and in exchange developed the lake and its surroundings as a natural recreational area. This public park consists of 38 acre lake and sits close to the College Park Airport and Aviation Museum.
The lake is popular with fishermen and bird watchers, with the Prince George’s Audobon Society hosting bird walks every first and third Saturday of the month.
This image was taken with Sony a-R and is a single shot exposure with some light processing in Adobe Lightroom.