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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 Skyline Vista Drive in front of Skyline High School. The trail will eventually be part of a larger trail system to be named The Royal…

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Spring Wildflowers

May 30, 2014
Jack in the Pulpit (photo by Kristy)

Earlier, I posted pictures of coltsfoot, bloodroot, and Virginia bluebells. Here are some more pictures (mostly taken by Kristy) capturing the second half of the spring wildflower season. Rue Anemone Jack in the Pulpit Trillium Wild Geranium Showy Orchis Yellow Lady’s Slippers Wildflower Prints We have posted our favorite wildflower photos at our FineArtAmerica site.…

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The Bluebell Trail

April 19, 2014
The Girls Enjoyed the Bluebells

Yesterday, we went out to Bull Run Regional Park to hike the Bluebell Trail. It’s quite an amazing display of Virginia Bluebells. If you would like to go, I would suggest going soon as many of the bluebells were showing signs of being past peak. Otherwise, put it on your calendar for early April 2015.…

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Coltsfoot, Bloodroot, and Late Season Snow

April 16, 2014
Coltsfoot, Bloodroot, and Late Season Snow

Coltsfoot Coltsfoot is usually the first wildflower I see on our mountain, and this year was no exception. Coltsfoot is not native to Virginia. The flower looks a lot like that of a dandelion, but the stem and leaves are different. Bloodroot Bloodroot are one of our favorite wildflowers and they have been looking good…

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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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