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The First Day of Spring

March 20, 2014
The First Day of Spring

Today was the first day of astronomical spring (meteorological spring already began on March 1st). There weren’t many obvious signs of spring around our home in the mountains except for rapidly melting snow and some daffodil bulbs starting to come up. Spring is here, but meteorologists are tracking yet another system next week.

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Crocuses

March 16, 2014
Crocuses

Yesterday was a beautiful spring-like day so we went on a short hike on the Dickey Ridge Trail from Front Royal into Shenandoah National Park. Although they are not native to North America, the crocuses were beautiful. Kristy took this photograph of the crocus flowers just past the first Skyline Drive crossing. Thanks goes to…

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Nothin’ Lasts Forever, Even Cold November Freezing Rain

November 26, 2013
Icy Holly

Last night I heard sleet before I went to bed so was surprised to find no accumulation when I woke up this morning. However, light freezing rain was very persistent all day. While warmer air is arriving from the south, the temperatures on the east slopes of the Blue Ridge have been stubborn to rise.…

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A Fall Hike

November 13, 2013
Closeup of Colorful Maple Leaves

These pictures were a few I found on our point-and-shoot camera from October 29, 2013. I went on a little hike with my daughter and forgot to post these pictures earlier.

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Playing in the Leaves

November 12, 2013
Jumping in the Leaves

One Leaf Pile With the fallen leaves in the yard, I am planning to use my lawnmower to mulch most of the leaves this year. But with my kids, I had to rake at least part of the yard so they’d have a leaf pile to play in. Recommended Rake for Kids Also, for toddlers,…

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Late Turning Maple Leaves

November 9, 2013
Late Turning Maple Leaves

Fall is past peak here in the Virginia mountains, but we have some yellow maple leaves just now hitting their peak color.

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