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Answering the Call of Nature

Fog hovers over the lake at Baker Park in Frederick, Maryland.

This foggy picture is from Baker Park in Frederick, Md., said Dr. David Cassatt, a program officer with NIAID.

Photo: David Cassatt

White flowers line a towpath in Maryland.

Cassatt photographed these flowers by the C&O Canal, downstream from Point of Rocks.

Photo: David Cassatt

A fawn peers out from tall grass in Bell's backyard.

Dr. Daphne W. Bell, a senior investigator in the reproductive cancer genetics section of NCI’s Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch, sent a “photograph that I took of a baby fawn, hidden by its mother behind an iris patch in my garden this past spring. It stayed there for 10 days; by day 8 it was exploring the garden, with ‘Mum’ watching from a distance. Apparently deer ‘hide’ their young and graze at a safe distance so that predators do not find the fawn; they feed the fawn at dawn and dusk.”

Photo: Daphne Bell

A bird perches on Cox's window.

Morning Visitor. “A curious visitor outside my kitchen seemed to be wondering why the humans are still at home each day!” said Helen Hunter Cox, a senior grants management specialist at NIDDK.

Photo: Helen Hunter Cox

A huge rainbow spans the highway.

August 2020 Rainbow: “Somewhere over I-95…a beautiful, vivid rainbow after an August storm,” captured by Cox.

Photo: Helen Hunter Cox

Following an unusual season in which the majority of us spent lots of time observing various phases of lockdown, quarantine and/or isolation, the Record asked its readers: What have you seen outside that might have escaped your notice before? As usual, NIH’ers came through with outstanding answers. Here are some of the images we’ve received so far.

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