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Blog Profile / Appalachian Journal

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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Santa Fe Trip

Almost two weeks ago, we went to Santa Fe, New Mexico. We flew into Albuquerque (more about the flight later) and stayed at La Fonda Hotel (above photo) on the town square in Santa Fe. On several previous trips to Santa Fe over a span of 25 years, I walked through this historic hotel and hoped that I could stay there one day. Show More Summary

Exploding Tree

Yesterday, our neighbor told us we had a tree struck by lightning on the back part of our land. He said he had never seen anything like it. We agreed. The bark was stripped completely off the yellow poplar tree. Pieces of the tree were everywhere around the tree. Show More Summary

Bat Banding

On May 17, Radford University biology professor Karen Francl, her graduate students, and Jane Rodrigue banded the big brown bats that reside on the side of our house. That bat house has been on our house about 20 years and has bats every year except when white nose nosema was first detected in a local cave (the first incidence in Virginia). Show More Summary

Wildflowers at Bland Nature Preserve

Jack-in-the-PulpitApril 14, 2012Bland Nature Preserve On April 14, I went on a Wildflower Walk with the Virginia Master Naturalists and the Roanoke Native Plant Society at the Bland Nature Preserve. Located in Montgomery County and only...Show More Summary

Early Trillium, Spring out of Whack

This morning I read a great opinion piece in the New York Times titled "Early Bloomers" These were my observations for some time--that spring is arriving earlier and that this might not be a good thing. The authors talked about some plants flowering earlier while others at their usual time, thereby putting things out of balance. Show More Summary

Beautiful Dangerous Snowstorm

About 6 inches of wet snow fell quickly on Sunday evening. With the trees overloaded and crashing down on power lines, we went without power for more than 2 days. On Monday morning, I walked down our driveway to take a few photos before...Show More Summary

Fox and Bees

Red Fox January 23, 2012My husband gave me a wildlife camera for Christmas--so far, just photos of my dog and cats. But, I moved it to the driveway where it captured a photo of this red fox on Monday night. The lens appears to have raindrops on it. Show More Summary

Southwest Florida Trip

We just got back from a quick trip to the Fort Myers area of Florida. Once again, I visited the Corkscrew Audubon Sanctuary. Red-bellied Woodpecker December 29, 2011The red-bellied woodpeckers down in Florida are smaller than ours up north. Show More Summary

More Pine Cone Birds!

The pine cone feeders are attracting more birds to the back yard (see previous post on how to make them and more photos). While I've seen mockingbirds in the yard, they don't stick around nor feeder at our sunflower seed feeders. This...Show More Summary

Bird Pine Cones and Holiday Decorations!

Carolina Wren December 19, 2011I assisted Virginia Master Naturalist Debbie with the Junior Naturalist Club at a local middle school. We made pine cones filled with suet and seeds for the birds. It was so much fun I decided to make some of my own.Directions:Start with some pine cones (I had old ones that didn't have any scent on them). Show More Summary

I'm Back! Flowers and Birds

I lost my School Board election by 68 votes (1104 to 1036), the closest race in the county and the reason why the results weren't posted until 11:30 p.m. last Tuesday night. Had I been able to capture just 35 more votes from my opponent, I would have won. Show More Summary

Earthquake and Lost Community of Mineral

I wish I could say I felt the earthquake but I was in a Food Lion at he time. But, a few minutes afterward, the few shoppers and clerks were getting cell phone calls about it. When I got back home a few minutes later, my husband was outside checking around. Show More Summary

Glen Alton Hike

Yesterday, I held a nature journal workshop with 2 other naturalists at Glen Alton Recreational Area about 20 miles from my home. The previous week I went on a pre-hike and that's where most of these photos were taken.Glen Alton was a 300 acre hunting and fishing retreat for a doctor. Show More Summary

Eastern Hognose Snake

Eastern Hognose Snake ( Heterodon platirhinos )Sophie, our cat, first spotted it and then Kookie, our boxer/lab, ran over and began her "snake" bark. Kookie is scared of snakes and would not be any closer than a foot from it. I wentShow More Summary

Catalpa Memories

My honey bees have been flying southeast high into sky. I wondered where they might be foraging for nectar and pollen since not much is blooming nectar-wise for them. As I drove down our road, I noticed several Catalpa trees blooming. Show More Summary

Blackberry blooms, birds and bees

I have a very large blackberry patch near my beeyard. Yesterday, they were in full bloom with all kinds of bees and butterflies on them. The bird bath is used by the bees for collecting water.This honey bee flies toward a blackberry flower while a native bee flies above. Show More Summary

Whitetop Mountain: Morels and Eleanor Roosevelt at the Naturalist Rally

Morel Mushroom May 7, 2011There it is--a morel mushroom! But I didn't find it. I was on a mushroom field trip led by Becky Rader at the Mount Rogers Nationalist Rally last weekend. The group found 7 morels--me nary a one. The morel season...Show More Summary

Spring Overload

Walker Mountain from our back pasture. April 21, 2011It's been a great spring--minus the scary tornadoes. Tiger Swallowtails April 19, 2011These tiger swallowtails and another black swallowtail were feasting on the mud left by a flood along Walker Creek. Show More Summary

Orchid Discovery!

Showy Orchis (Orchis spectabilis) April 20, 2011Yesterday, I was awakened to the wonderful sounds of a wood thrush at dawn. About an hour later, I walked down our driveway and heard oven birds. To cap a wonderful spring morning, I followed my friend's advice and looked intensely in one area for morels. Show More Summary

Wildflower Walk, Tornadoes, and Mushroom Hunting

Wildflower Walk Dutchman's Breeches ( Dicentra cucullaria ) April 7, 2011Last Thursday, I tagged along on a wildflower walk at Wildwood Park. Junior Naturalists (5th grade) were led by several of my Virginia Master Naturalist friends.Dutchman's...Show More Summary

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