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Trains in the Fall Foliage

December 9, 2019
NS train 227 is led by SD70ACe #1012 west near Belle Meade (between Linden and Markham, Virginia) on 10/31/2019.

Lately I’ve been spending more time taking pictures of trains than nature scenes, but sometimes the two topics converge. Here are a few train pictures I took this fall.

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Hogback Mountain Hike

June 9, 2018
Girls on the Appalachian Trail

June is a good month to see mountain laurel in Shenandoah National Park so we went out to Hogback Mountain yesterday. After parking near the 21 mile post on Skyline Drive, we hiked on the Appalachian Trail north to a view point. Here are four pictures: columbine, our girls on the trail, the viewpoint, and…

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Skunk Cabbage

April 5, 2018
Skunk Cabbage

I’ve managed to get behind on updating this site, but hope to get caught up in the coming days. One thing to look for… there are a lot of mountain lion reports I’ve received so I will be putting together another post real soon on that. First, here are some skunk cabbage pics I took…

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Monarch on Milkweed

July 28, 2017
Monarch on Milkweed

Yesterday, while waiting for a train, I took a couple photos of a monarch butterfly on milkweed.

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Skunk Cabbage

February 14, 2017
Skunk Cabbage Flowering

An early sign of spring, I spotted this skunk cabbage in a low area of the Appalachian Scenic Trail Corridor today in Linden, Virginia. You can see the flower inside of the leaves. Added new picture from 2/26/2017:

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Orchid Season

May 6, 2016
Yellow Lady's Slipper Closeup

Here are a few pics of yellow lady’s slippers and showy orchis from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia.

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