Month: August 2014

First Butterfly of the Season – Finally!!!

  I’ve been waiting all summer, hoping that butterflies would come and visit my flower plantings on the upstairs deck.  However, up until this past weekend, I really hadn’t seen any of the larger butterflies, only a couple of cabbage whites, sulphurs, and skippers. On Saturday, a couple of swallowtails finally came by for a visit!  In addition to the Spicebush pictured above,…

Kayaking the Ghost Fleet

  Earlier this summer, some friends and I went kayaking around the Potomac River Ghost fleet.  It was such an interesting paddle – snippets of history and local culture, as well as great wildlife viewing.  A bit of a drive from Loudoun, but well worth the trip. The Ghost Fleet consists of a number of long-abandoned World War I wooden steamships that had been…