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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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Spring Tricycle Ride

April 15, 2016
Tricycle Ride

During my oldest daughter’s soccer practice, my youngest daughter took a tricycle ride (I walked) along the Eastham Park Trail in Front Royal along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. There were lots of wildflowers blooming including Virginia Bluebells. We also were lucky to see this Red-bellied Cooter soaking up some sun.

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