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Diagonal Walnut Tree

July 21, 2015
Diagonal Walnut Tree

Last month, we went to a birthday party for our friends’ daughter at Douglas Park in Arlington, Virginia. There’s a walnut tree there leaning way over that is fun to climb on.

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Dinosaur Land

July 17, 2015
Dinosaur Land

Took the girls to Dinosaur Land in White Post, Va with the kids a couple of weeks ago… it had been a few years since I was there and they…

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Baby Turtle

July 14, 2015
Baby Turtle

The other day, I found this baby turtle in our yard when I was doing some planting. I think it’s a box turtle.

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American Toad

July 13, 2015
American Toad

This toad likes to hang out on our front stoop at night.

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Pickerel Frog

July 9, 2015
Pickerel Frog

Another recent amphibian discovery for the girls was this pickerel frog. It was a good, fast leaper so catching it was a challenge.

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White Banded Fishing Spider

July 6, 2015
White Banded Fishing Spider

This large spider was found on the siding in our screened-in porch. Based on the width of the siding board, the leg span is about 5 inches! I believe it…

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Green Frog

June 30, 2015
Green Frog

Gretchen (one of my daughters) found a green frog yesterday in the yard.

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Norfolk and Western Class J #611

June 25, 2015
Norfolk and Western Class J #611

On June 6th, 2015 a friend and I went to the Appalachian Trail railroad crossing in Linden to watch the Norfolk and Western Class J #611 steam locomotive pull an…

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Nice to See You Again!

June 5, 2015
Nice to See You Again!

Almost two years ago to the day, Gretchen got to see her first box turtle. Today, we saw the exact same turtle for the first time since then in our…

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January, February, March, April, May 2015 Mountain Lions in Virginia Update

June 1, 2015

Here are the latest reports I have received from around the Virginias: John W writes (01/10/2015): I have a farm in Fluvanna County.i’ve been here for 20 years and a…

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Rattlesnake Weed

May 26, 2015
Rattlesnake Weed

We went on a short family hike on Memorial Day north on the Appalachian Trail from Linden. Shortly after crossing a bridge, there is some Rattlesnake Weed blooming along the…

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Black Bear

May 22, 2015
Black Bear

Was running out of daylight past 8:00p this evening, but I saw my first black bear of the year.

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Yellow Lady Slippers

May 19, 2015
Yellow Lady Slippers

We are fortunate to have several yellow lady slippers on our property. I saw one after we bought the lot but have since discovered several others. Lady Slipper Art My…

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Virginia Box Turtle Reporting