First Snake of the Year

May 3, 2018
Snake in the Road

This black rat snake was the first snake I saw this year. It was lying in the road yesterday.

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Mountain Lions in Virginia Reports (June 2017-April 2018)

May 2, 2018
Scene in Markham, Virginia

Here are the mountain lion sighting reports I have received during the last 10 months: Reports E. Huff writes on 7/5/2017: Today is July 5th 2017.One week ago a customer in McLean VA reported a cat larger than a German Shepherd.Mr Jacobs stated that it was in his back yard at night and a bad…

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Fox in the Yard

April 12, 2018
Fox in the Backyard

I’ve seen this fox a few times lately in our yard. A couple times I even saw it chasing a squirrel, but both times the squirrel got away. I think it’s a red fox despite the darker coloration on its back.

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2017-18 Winter Report

April 10, 2018
Snowy Road on March 22, 2018

Despite some significant cold spells, the winter of 2017-18 was our second one in a row featuring low snow totals. Interestingly, the biggest snowfalls this past season along the Blue Ridge of Northern Virginia occurred in March and December, not January or February. After waking up to a coating of snow on the deck yesterday,…

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Blackwater Falls State Park Sled Run

April 8, 2018
Blackwater Falls State Park Sled Run

This was a somewhat disappointing winter for snow lovers in the northern third of Virginia so we took the girls to Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia last month. The funny thing is when Gretchen and Cara were getting on the conveyor belt ahead of us, the attendant told them to be sure to…

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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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2018 Railroad Calendar

December 27, 2017
2018 Railroad Calendar

In case anyone still needs a calendar for 2018, I made a railroad photography calendar that showcases the scenic Norfolk Southern B-line between Manassas and Front Royal, Virginia. Calendars are available here.

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First Snow of the Season

December 12, 2017
Ready at the Top of the Backyard Hill

Last Saturday, December 9th, 2017, we had our first snowfall of the season. I measured 4″ of snow in the backyard during the late afternoon. It was nice because the trees were pretty but the roads weren’t too bad. My girls enjoyed the day riding saucers down the back yard hill: Also since railroad photography…

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Wild Turkey

December 3, 2017
Wild Turkey

Yesterday, I saw this turkey in the backyard that survived another Thanksgiving.

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Compton Peak Fall View

November 12, 2017
View from Western Overlook at Compton Peak

We had some good friends visiting us over the November 4-5th weekend so we went up into Skyline Drive for a short hike (mile up and down) to Compton Peak. Fall color was still really nice the first weekend of November. We saw lots of chipmunks getting ready for winter (sorry no chipmunk pictures as…

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Total Solar Eclipse

August 26, 2017
Totality reveals the sun's corona.

This is a new section of the blog Beyond Virginia to showcase vacation pictures taken outside my home state of Virginia. Last week, we combined a visit with my in-laws in Tennessee with a day-trip to Madisonville, TN for the total eclipse. It was a hot day and we fought a lot of traffic to…

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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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Mangy Bear

July 10, 2017
Mangy Bear

My daughters spotted this mangy black bear walking across the backyard this PM. I didn’t get a picture, but a few minutes later a male bear appeared to be following this one, perhaps looking for a mate.

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