2015-16 Snow Report

April 24, 2016
Norfolk Southern Train 12R passes through the snow on January 26, 2016

This past season got off to a slow start with only a trace of snow in December. The first measurable snowfall did not occur until January 12th. The snowfall did pick up and we ended up with a good 43 inch total for the season here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia. Here…

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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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April Snow

April 3, 2016
April 3, 2016 Snow in Virginia

After a windy overnight, I was pleased to wake up to the power still on and a little bit of snow outside! I measured 5/8ths inches on the deck. Location is the Blue Ridge Mountains near Linden, Virginia (eastern Warren County, Va). Here are a couple of pics:

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First Day of Spring

March 20, 2016
The First Day of Spring

Yesterday, we picked up 4.25″ of snow here in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Linden. Here’s a picture from yesterday evening and a couple from this morning.

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The End of Winter

March 9, 2016
Melting Snow

This picture is from yesterday, Tuesday March 8, 2016. Today the snow was gone with our 79F spring heat wave and one of my favorite John Prine songs, Souvenirs, came to mind: All the snow has turned to water. Christmas days have come and gone. Broken toys and faded colors, are all that’s left to…

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A Nice March Snow

March 4, 2016
A Norfolk Southern SD40-2 leads a freight train up hill on slippery rails

Last night, we picked up 1.5″ of snow. It looked pretty, but wasn’t disruptive as the roads were in good shape. After taking my daughter to the bus stop this morning, I got a picture of Norfolk Southern Train 36Q slowing climbing up through the cut at Linden Hill. Notice the tops of the rails…

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Virginia Names State Snake

February 26, 2016
Virginia Names State Snake

NBC29.com reports: The Senate gave final approval to legislation Thursday that would designate the eastern garter the official snake. The legislation survived an unsuccessful amendment aimed at making the timber rattlesnake the official state snake instead.

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Shoveling a Gravel Driveway

February 12, 2016
A Shoveled Gravel Driveway

This past Tuesday, we picked up 3.25 inches of snow here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia. Instead of shoveling the whole driveway, I shoveled tracks approximately 57″ from center to center to align with our vehicles. I suppose with a paved driveway, the center could melt and refreeze on the cleared tracks,…

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Snowshoeing at the Virginia State Arboretum

January 30, 2016
View from the Virginia State Arboretum

After the big ’09 snow storm, I ordered a pair of snowshoes. It’s not too often that I get to use them, but we went out for a little hiking at the Virginia State Arboretum today. Buy snowshoes

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Blizzard of 2016

January 24, 2016
Girls Sledding

Some call it Snowzilla, some call it Winter Storm Jonas, but however you name it, the winter storm brought blizzard conditions and very high snowfall totals to portions of the Virginias yesterday. The snow began around midday Friday here in eastern Warren County, Virginia and lasted through most of Saturday. I measured 28″ here in…

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October, November, December 2015 Mountain Lions in Virginia Update

January 7, 2016
Low Clouds at Manassas Gap

Evidence of Eastern Mountain Lions The skeptics always say that if there were mountain lions in the eastern U.S., then there would be evidence in the form of road kills and trail camera pictures. Well, there was recently a road kill in Connecticut and a trail cam picture in Tennessee. We also have evidence in…

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2016 Railroad Photography Calendar

December 19, 2015
NS Train 214 passes a redbud tree in Markham, Va on 4/29/2015.

Besides wildlife photography, I’ve also been enjoying railroad photography for the past few years. This year, I put together a 12 month 2016 calendar comprised of photographs of trains along Norfolk Southern’s B-line running betweeen Manassas and Front Royal, Virginia. This is a very scenic rail line passing through quaint towns, farms, and mountains. If…

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Buck

November 2, 2015
Buck in the Yard

Today I spotted this buck in the front yard.

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Virginia Box Turtle Reporting