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Our Bad Luck Tree

September 19, 2014
Our Bad Luck Tree

Soon after we moved in, we planted a dogwood tree in front of our house.  The poor tree has endured damage from heavy snows, ice storms, and buck scrapes.  I woke up one morning this week to find the tree cracked with the top half hanging down.  The only thing I can figure is that…

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Black Bear in the Frontyard

September 16, 2014
Black Bear in the Frontyard

This bear photo was taken a couple weeks ago through a window.

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Ironweed and Butterflies

September 15, 2014
Ironweed and Butterflies

Some ironweed growing in the backyard attracted a lot of butterflies this summer.  Here are a couple of butterfly pictures (tiger swallowtail and great spangled fritillary).

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Sunflower

September 14, 2014
Sunflower

This past spring, my daughter planted some sunflower seeds at pre-school.  One sunflower survived and bloomed this summer.

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Buck and Doe

September 12, 2014
Buck and Doe

Here is a photo of a buck and doe that Kristy took along our road in August. I’ve gotten a little behind on updating the blog but hopefully will get…

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Recent Trailcam Pictures

August 26, 2014
Recent Trailcam Pictures

Here are a few of our trailcam pictures recently downloaded.

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Great Blue Heron

August 20, 2014
Great Blue Heron

Last weekend, we went to Northern Fauquier Community Park, which has playgrounds and a paved trail. We saw a great blue heron in one of the fields.

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Hummingbird Moths

August 10, 2014

This weekend, we went to Montecello with some good friends of ours. I accidentally forgot my camera, but my friend Frank N. gave me permission to share this video of…

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Happy Creek Trail Extended

July 18, 2014
Happy Creek Trail Extended

Front Royal extended another one of its trails recently. The Happy Creek Trail has been extended south of Rte 55 to Criser Road. The trail now connects Main Street with…

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Happy Fifth of July!

July 8, 2014
First Landing Fireworks

Our family went to Virginia Beach for the holiday weekend. We left Thursday ahead of the storms and made it to Virginia Beach before Hurricane Arthur. Mainly impacting the North…

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May and June 2014 Virginia Mountain Lions Update

July 2, 2014

The following reports of Virginia mountain lions were received during the last two months: Heather H. wrote on 5/16/2014: I just saw a cougar/mountain lion cross the street in front…

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Camping at Mathews Arm

June 29, 2014
View from Skyline Drive

Camping at Mathews Arm Our four-year-old had been wanting to go camping, so we took the family to Mathews Arm Campground in Shenandoah National Park. They have 180 sites and…

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Eastham Park Trail Extended

June 24, 2014
Eastham Park Trail Extended

[Updated 2014] The new Eastham Park trail has been extended in Front Royal, Virginia. The trail starts in Eastham Park on Luray Avenue and heads almost exactly one mile to…

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Virginia Box Turtle Reporting