Tripp Fenderson

incessantly curious

Mill Creek

I spent a wonderful morning at the now-defunct golf course, The Colonial, just outside of Williamsburg, VA. I had permission from the owner and the county sheriff, who regularly monitors the property for trespassing — so don’t get any ideas.

The property fronts Mill Creek, a tributary of the Chickahominy River and with no signs of golfers for years, the area is absolutely teeming with wildlife.

Arrow marks the spot for my day camp along Mill Creek. NOTE: I had permission from the property owner to be on site. This area is regularly patrolled by both on and off-duty police.

Arrow marks the spot for my day camp along Mill Creek. NOTE: I had permission from the property owner to be on site. This area is regularly patrolled by both on and off-duty police.

Not so green

The greens are not so green anymore.

Cat tails make great tinder for fire.

Cat tails make great tinder for fire.

Someone has been busy as a....

Someone has been busy as a….

Beautiful morning along Mill Creek. Perfect spot for a day camp.

Beautiful morning along Mill Creek. Perfect spot for a day camp.

Getting ready for the rain.

Getting ready for the rain.

Prepping firewood with my folding Corona. It cuts wood like butter.

Prepping firewood with my folding Corona. It cuts wood like butter.

Prepped and ready. Let's make fire!

Prepped and ready. Let’s make fire!

Tinder bundle of yucca, cat tails, and pampas grass with my fire steel.

Tinder bundle of yucca, cat tails, and pampas grass with my fire steel.

Burn, baby. Burn!

Burn, baby. Burn!

The long dark tea time of the soul.

The long dark tea time of the soul.

Exploring the course. I wasn't sure that this rickety old cart path would hold my weight.

Exploring the course. I wasn’t sure that this rickety old cart path would hold my weight.

Yep. That's poop.

Yep. That’s poop.

Phyllotopsis nidulans growing on some standing white pine deadwood.

Phyllotopsis nidulans growing on some standing white pine deadwood.

Deer skull

Deer skull

Author: Tripp

I'm an incessantly curious anthropologist who likes wet dogs, dirty hands, freshly baked bread, and a decent bottle of wine. I've lived a fantastic life.

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