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Snowshoeing at the Virginia State Arboretum

January 30, 2016
View from the Virginia State Arboretum

After the big ’09 snow storm, I ordered a pair of snowshoes. It’s not too often that I get to use them, but we went out for a little hiking at the Virginia State Arboretum today. Buy snowshoes

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Blizzard of 2016

January 24, 2016
Girls Sledding

Some call it Snowzilla, some call it Winter Storm Jonas, but however you name it, the winter storm brought blizzard conditions and very high snowfall totals to portions of the…

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October, November, December 2015 Mountain Lions in Virginia Update

January 7, 2016
Low Clouds at Manassas Gap

Evidence of Eastern Mountain Lions The skeptics always say that if there were mountain lions in the eastern U.S., then there would be evidence in the form of road kills…

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2016 Railroad Photography Calendar

December 19, 2015
NS Train 214 passes a redbud tree in Markham, Va on 4/29/2015.

Besides wildlife photography, I’ve also been enjoying railroad photography for the past few years. This year, I put together a 12 month 2016 calendar comprised of photographs of trains along…

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Buck

November 2, 2015
Buck in the Yard

Today I spotted this buck in the front yard.

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Shenandoah River Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr. State Park

October 25, 2015
View from Cullers Overlook

Camping at Shenandoah River State Park Last Friday, we went camping at the Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville, Virginia. Here’s a picture Kristy took of the girls. The River…

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Two Deer on A Fall Day

October 20, 2015
Two Deer on A Fall Day

Yesterday, I spotted these two deer in our front yard.

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Little Washington Winery View

October 18, 2015
Little Washington Winery View

Yesterday we met a good friend and his family at the Little Washington Winery Oyster Festival. The oysters, from the Chesapeake Bay near the Nanticoke River, were delicious. As for…

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June, July, August, September 2015 Mountain Lions in Virginia Update

October 4, 2015
June, July, August, September 2015 Mountain Lions in Virginia Update

The following reports/comments were received over this past summer: Tom M. writes 6/5/2015: I have seen tracks and seen many pics from trail cams. The cats run the coyotes off…

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Heavy Rains Flood and Cause Damage… More on the Way

September 30, 2015

Heavy rain destroyed one of Virginia’s covered bridges yesterday and also is likely responsible for washing out Norfolk Southern Railway tracks near Marshall, Virginia resulting in the derailment of a…

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Why Did The Bear Cross The Road?

September 29, 2015
Black Bear Crossing the Road

This bear was crossing our road yesterday.

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Great Blue Heron

September 28, 2015
Great Blue Heron

This great blue heron was in a pond in Lake Ridge, Virginia.

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Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

September 19, 2015
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Today, I found this brightly colored and friendly-looking caterpillar. It is a spicebush swallowtail caterpillar (pailio troilus). Evidently they change colors with the seasons to blend in with the leaves.

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Virginia Box Turtle Reporting