Thursday, May 10, 2018

through the tulips

The other weekend made it to Baltimore to visit Sherwood gardens at the peak of tulip bloom.  But I was getting a little bored with pretty photos of the tulips (and the tulips were gorgeous) so had a little fun capturing the essence of the soon to be rainy afternoon less conventionally.





Friday, April 20, 2018

Spring along the Potomac

Last weekend along the Potomac Heritage Trail in Riverbend State Park, north of Great Falls, my scouting hike was filled with spring ephemerals - wildflowers welcoming the beginning of spring - bluebells, trillium, spring beauties and more.   Will see what's there this weekend when i lead a group of hikers


light purple bluebells

toadshade trillium
trilling toad -- gribbit!

spring beauty



the trail

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Longwood Blues

Longwood gardens in Pennsylvania has an annual display of rare blue poppies and other blue flowers and it is quite stunning.  Very crowded inside the conservatory on a cold March day!

Blue poppy (Meconopsis)


Blue daisies/asters


Cineraria

Albino poppy

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Appalachian trail bits

The view below from Raven Rock, looking out towards the Shenandoah Valley, is along the Appalachian Trail near the border of Virginia and West Virginia.  I've done this hike several times starting from the south near Bluemont VA.  This time finally did it from the north, starting from a side trail at Blackburn Trail Center, up a very narrow steep gravel road.   Enjoying the Appalachian Trail in bits.


Pine trees amidst the trail

White blaze signifying the Appalachian Trail


Lots of blow-downs from crazy wind storm the other week


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Manassas snow

Not as much hiking, photographing and whatnot last several months but trying to turn that around.  Last weekend just a touch of snow made a brisk hike at manassas battlefield a beautiful sight.






Monday, August 28, 2017

More and more flowers -- Longwood Gardens

Finally getting around to posting pics from Longwood Gardens in PA from a few months ago.  Beautiful place.






Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunflower Fields

Today visited a wildlife management area near Poolsville, MD, less than an hour out of the city, to enjoy a few of the sunflower fields that are peaking now.  It was warm and muggy but worth it, especially once we found a hidden field away from the parking areas where there were few people and a drone videographer getting ready to launch.