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Spring wildflowers at Fraser Preserve

Margaret Chatham led a wildflower walk at the Nature Conservancy’s Fraser Preserve for VNPS. Spring Beauty was plenteous, but (as you would expect, given the everlasting winter we had) many bloomers were weeks behind schedule. Margaret showed us one example … Continue reading

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Enroute: 8

An increasingly rare sight in downtown D.C.: a conventional exterior fire escape. (It only offers escape from the third floor to the street. Trapped on an upper floor? Too bad for you, I guess.) This one is mounted on the … Continue reading

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More shoebox emptying

In 1999, I had a consulting gig that took me to New York frequently. On my last trip up there (which turned out to be the week of Hurricane Floyd [have I told you the story about the clueless D.C. … Continue reading

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A mystery: 7

How is it that Leta, with each annual WATCH awards, looks more fabulous than the year before?

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A mystery: 6

Why does the fire control panel in the lobby of 5225 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. (where the D.C. Learning Ally studio is located) show “Girard Street” in place of Ingomar Street? “Girard” is a sore thumb in the sequence of the … Continue reading

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At the park: 66

Reports from the nest box team for the past two Sundays: We have evidence of roosting in 7 of the boxes, but at this point we have nests in only 2. Box #3 is incubating, so we can skip checking … Continue reading

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Great Backyard Bird Count 2014

Much of the snow has melted and packed down, but much remains. The blacktop trail and stream are clear, but much of Lake Audubon is iced over. Hence my most numerous bird was not the $100 Jeopardy! answer, Canada Goose, … Continue reading

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Enroute: 7

A bit alarming, but nothing much to worry about. The county is starting work on a restoration project for the small stream valley that separates the high school campus from our townhouse cluster. They’ll be commandeering some of our parking … Continue reading

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Carderock lichens

Saturday, Paula DePriest led a workshop of mostly frozen participants to Carderock on the Maryland side of the river. Our subject: rock and tree lichens (the soil lichens being inaccessible due to snow cover). Soil, rock, or bark is only … Continue reading

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Emptying the shoebox

A holiday weekend affords some time to scan some old photos. Erstwhile cars and girlfriends, much loved. Did I really have that much stuff growing in my front yard? I think that’s my neighbor’s Mitsubishi 3000GT behind Algernon. A Yellow-crowned … Continue reading

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At the park: 64

Construction is complete for the wetlands restoration project at Huntley Meadows Park! Some additional planting and trail work remains, but the period of monitoring and maintaining has begun. Park manager Kevin Munroe led a special-access “backstage” mini-tour of the dam … Continue reading

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Silver Line progress report: 34

A couple of months ago, signage in existing stations that the Silver Line will service began to be updated. In some cases, the line and its soon-to-be terminus are already identified, as here at East Falls Church, which is where … Continue reading

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Great Falls Park ramble

Leta was a good sport and went along with me on a New Year’s Day walk in Great Falls Park. I hadn’t expected that the trails would be muddy (we were just wearing sneakers, on our way to a party … Continue reading

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On deck: 11

The backlog has been reduced a bit, but there are new titles here (thanks, Leta!) and some more volumes on order. The play collections are probably the longest-tenured books on the shelf. I started the Kate Atkinson, hence I removed … Continue reading

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Enroute: 6

A former bus station being demolished like this one—and especially an empty and abandoned one—is one of the saddest sights to me. Think of all the trips that will never happen.

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