Category: Nature

A Trio of Trillium

While up in Pittsburgh over Mother’s Day weekend, my  Dad and I decided to go out for a short walk on the Armstrong Trail, along the Allegheny River near Kittanning, PA.  Our main purpose was to work off some of puppy-monster’s energy, but we quickly noticed that the border of this trail was just jam-packed with trillium – bonus! As I was driving back towards Virginia, I…

Spring Flowers at Red Rock Regional Park

Puppy and I went for a short hike at Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park in Leesburg. What a perfect day for a springtime wildflower walk! Spring Beauties were absolutely carpeting the forest floor – so lovely.  We also saw some bluets (Houstonia caerulea), also known as Quaker Ladies. My bluet iphone photos didn’t turn out so well, so I’m including…

A subtle spring beauty

I don’t normally think of maple trees as having showy flowers, but as I looked out my back window, I was stuck by the colorfully blooming red maple tree outside.  The tree will start leafing out soon, but in the meantime, I was able to get a good view of the flowers, with the little winged vwhirligig seeds (samaras) already…

Bluebells!!!

The bluebells are starting to bloom at Riverbend Park.  Spring is really here!  The Fairfax County Park Authority’s blog provides some interesting information on bluebells, trillium, and other spring ephemeral wildlflowers.  Allison Gillespee shared some great bluebell blooming spots in Montgomery County, Md and tips for planting bluebells in your own backyard – evidently bluebells are pretty easy to grow.  I…

Zen Mornings at Algonkian Park

I woke up this morning feeling a little bit disappointed by the wet dreariness of this weekend, since I’d been hoping to get started on my early spring gardening projects. However, gardening in the drizzle didn’t sound particularly appealing, so I decided to take the pup out for a walk at Algonkian Regional Park. As we started ambling in the woods…

The inner life of trees

Puppy finally has most of his shots, so we took the opportunity on Sunday to get in a short pre-snow hike near Goose Creek.   We drove over to Kephart Bridge Landing Park and hiked on a short section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.  Since it’s still winter-time (leaf-off mode), it was a great opportunity to check out the…