Horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Fort Monroe National Monument, Hampton, Virginia.

Etymology note: What a puzzle! Polyphemus was the name of a Cyclops with a bit part in the Odyssey. The name translates many voiced, and might literally mean often spoken of, hence famous. It seems an odd choice, to name a creature with ten eyes after a creature with only one. 


@sixpenceee I saw the post about the bridge between Denmark and Sweden and couldn’t help but to add this!

Bridges like this exist stateside too, in my home state as a matter of fact! There are three in the state of Virginia alone: the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, connecting the cities of Hampton and Norfolk across the James River, the Monitor-Merrimack Bridge-Tunnel, connecting Newport News and Portsmouth over the James River, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, which connects Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore.

Fun fact about the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (second picture). Southeastern Virginia has a ton of military installations like NAS Oceana (where SEAL Team 6 is located), Fort Eustis, and the Naval Weapons Station, to name a few. Nearby the bridge is Fort Monroe, which used to be a small military installation, but was decommissioned and opened to the public a few years ago. In the picture, on the far side of the bridge, there is a small island/peninsula connected to the bridge, right at the other pet where it dips underwater. That is Fort Wool, which is like Fort Monroe’s younger brother. It’s been abandoned for a long time, not being in use since World War 2. It’s mostly inaccessible, except for boat tours, or a climb across a very rocky and uneven ‘bridge’ (if you can even call it that) between the tunnel and the fort.

My old Boy Scout troop actually got the opportunity to camp out there, and it was one of the best camping trips I’ve been on. Part of the buildings we weren’t allowed in, due to asbestos, but others, we were. Some buildings still had old armaments in them, decommissioned and rusted. It also gives a beautiful view of the sunset falling over the James River!

Pictures: Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, Chesapeake Bay Bride-Tunnel, Monitor-Merrimack Bridge-Tunnel, detail of Fort Wool

Sanderling, No. 1.

All of the photos in this brief series are of sanderlings (Calidris alba) at Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Virginia.

The genus Calidris comprises all of the sanderlings and sandpipers, the knots and dunlins and stints. The name is derived from a description by Aristotle of a speckled gray shorebird, rendered either καλιδρις or σκαλιδρις, though no one is really sure which bird he was referring to. 

Civil War Nurse Mary A.E. Keen of Seminary Hospital, Washington, D.C., and Chesapeake Hospital, Fort Monroe, Virginia

Photograph shows identified Army nurse who worked from 1861 to 1865 under the jurisdiction of Dorothea Dix and later married Milton Woodworth. Notation in case behind photograph: “Mary A.E. Keen at about 27 years of age.”

Forms part of: Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs (Library of Congress).-  Forms part of: Ambrotype/Tintype photograph filing series (Library of Congress). Colorized by Stacey Palmer