Shenandoah River Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr. State Park

October 25, 2015
View from Cullers Overlook

Camping at Shenandoah River State Park Last Friday, we went camping at the Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville, Virginia. Here’s a picture Kristy took of the girls. The River Right Campground in the park is the tent camping area in the park. The campground is spread-out more than those at most other parks so…

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Two Deer on A Fall Day

October 20, 2015
Two Deer on A Fall Day

Yesterday, I spotted these two deer in our front yard.

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Little Washington Winery View

October 18, 2015
Little Washington Winery View

Yesterday we met a good friend and his family at the Little Washington Winery Oyster Festival. The oysters, from the Chesapeake Bay near the Nanticoke River, were delicious. As for the wine, we enjoyed tasting their Sauvignon blanc and a red blend entitled Shindig. In other news, last night we had our first freeze of…

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June, July, August, September 2015 Mountain Lions in Virginia Update

October 4, 2015
June, July, August, September 2015 Mountain Lions in Virginia Update

The following reports/comments were received over this past summer: Tom M. writes 6/5/2015: I have seen tracks and seen many pics from trail cams. The cats run the coyotes off or eat them, so the couple of large farmers I know don’t mind them at all. It does cause me to carry some 00 buckshot…

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Heavy Rains Flood and Cause Damage… More on the Way

September 30, 2015

Heavy rain destroyed one of Virginia’s covered bridges yesterday and also is likely responsible for washing out Norfolk Southern Railway tracks near Marshall, Virginia resulting in the derailment of a freight train. The Bob White Covered Bridge, one of only eight covered bridges in Virginia, was washed out in yesterday’s deluge. WDBJ7 reports: video platformvideo…

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Why Did The Bear Cross The Road?

September 29, 2015
Black Bear Crossing the Road

This bear was crossing our road yesterday.

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Great Blue Heron

September 28, 2015
Great Blue Heron

This great blue heron was in a pond in Lake Ridge, Virginia.

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Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

September 19, 2015
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Today, I found this brightly colored and friendly-looking caterpillar. It is a spicebush swallowtail caterpillar (pailio troilus). Evidently they change colors with the seasons to blend in with the leaves.

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Copperhead Snake

August 17, 2015
Copperhead

This is a copperhead I saw on our road today.

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Diagonal Walnut Tree

July 21, 2015
Diagonal Walnut Tree

Last month, we went to a birthday party for our friends’ daughter at Douglas Park in Arlington, Virginia. There’s a walnut tree there leaning way over that is fun to climb on.

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Dinosaur Land

July 17, 2015
Dinosaur Land

Took the girls to Dinosaur Land in White Post, Va with the kids a couple of weeks ago… it had been a few years since I was there and they have a couple new dinosaurs there now that look more realistic. More Dinosaur Land Pictures

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Baby Turtle

July 14, 2015
Baby Turtle

The other day, I found this baby turtle in our yard when I was doing some planting. I think it’s a box turtle.

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American Toad

July 13, 2015
American Toad

This toad likes to hang out on our front stoop at night.

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Virginia Box Turtle Reporting