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War Spur Hike

In June, we made a hike along the war spur trail which is off the Appalachian Trail near Mountain Lake Lodge. The ferns were taller than usual, probably because of all the rain. Mountain Laurel shrubs were in bloom... The war spur view is always worth the short hike. Show More Summary

Wildflower Wednesday: Orchids, Viburnum, and Phlox Plus Birds

The past week has been a little chilly with the past two days with heavy rain. Still, the native wildflowers lining our driveway cheer me up. Forest Phlox (Phlox divaricata) plants are on the forest floor under the red bud trees. This shrub is some type of Viburnum I believe but if anyone knows what it is, let me know. Show More Summary

Wildflower Wednesday: Bluebells!

Last Saturday, I went down to Walker Creek where I found Virginia Bluebells lining both sides of the creek. This annual trek to photograph them always reminds me of my parents' farm. We spent many weekends and all summer there when I was a child and then visits until I was 30. Show More Summary

Snow then 94 degrees!

March was cold and April has swung from highs to lows so far. Last Thursday (April 4), a snowstorm hit without warning. Seriously, the weatherman said only a chance of wintry weather but 4 inches of snow ended up falling. My glory-of-the-snow were true to their name, struggling to bloom thru the snow the next day. Show More Summary

Where is Spring?

In the past week, it has snowed several times and temperatures have stayed below freezing most nights. A gradual warm-up this week won't make up for the coldest March I can remember. It's not just here in the Appalachian Mountains that March is turning out to be the coldest, snowiest month. Show More Summary

Birds of Florida

Spring seems to coming in fits and starts this year. We will have a couple of warm days followed by cold windy days. During one of those cold spells at the beginning of March, I was fortunate to spend a couple of days visiting my sister in Florida. Show More Summary

Bees, Flowers and Brown Creeper

After freezing rain on Friday, it warmed up a little this weekend, bringing a few more flowers out. The coltsfoot above bloomed on Feb. 10 but will continue blooming for awhile. A yellow poplar seed pod is below it, giving you an idea of its size, a little smaller than a dandelion. Show More Summary

VSO Field Trip Nags Head, North Carolina

Last weekend, I attended the winter field trip for VSO (Virginia Society of Ornithology) in Nags Head, North Carolina. The weather was cold and windy late Friday afternoon when I arrived. I didn't see anybody I knew so I went off to find a restaurant. Show More Summary

Snowed in and Power Out!

Our power went out last evening about 7 after about 9 inches of snow fell. APCO estimates that our county won't be back online until Tuesday night, making it the third time in a year we have had power outages of more than 4 days (Jan '12 4 days, June 27 8 days and now 6 days). Show More Summary

70 Degrees in January!

The temperature rose to 70 degrees both Saturday and Sunday here in southwest Virginia, breaking records in many localities. Although I was still recuperating from a bout of flu, I enjoyed the fresh air in the backyard.I put my dwarf lemon tree outside because it was covered with blooms. Show More Summary

Williamsburg Wreaths

Wreath made of apples, pineapples, balsam fir and dried flowers.It's been months since I posted anything--time just gets away from you. I hope to do better in 2013. Last weekend, I attended a political meeting (gives you some idea of what I have been doing this year!) in Colonial Williamsburg. Show More Summary

Pot Luck!

Anthony Flaccavento Pot Luck Dinner Oct. 5, 5-7:00 pm. (buffet at 5:30) Newport Community Center434 Blue Grass Trail (Hwy 42)NewportBring a dish to share. Please come to hear Anthony Flaccavento speak at a Pot Luck Dinner in Newport....Show More Summary

Summer Signs

I was glad to see July end. Like everywhere else, it was just too darn hot--record high for Virginia. I did get out a little bit in the evenings after the sun went down behind the trees. The photo above was taken on July 20 when I took my dog on a walk. Show More Summary

8 Days without Power!

Our power went out on June 29 due to the historic derecho storm. I remember I got an alert on my iPad about 15 minutes before that a severe thunderstorm was going to hit. I didn't think much about it but when the wind started to pick up, I knew this was really different. Show More Summary

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

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