- Three WATCH assignments fulfilled for the year, another eight to go.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
I dropped by the park to check on the progress of the wetland restoration project. To my untrained eye, it looks like the builders are almost done with the new dam. New plantings are in place, and deadfall has been … Continue reading
A simple demonstration, in this photo taken from the fourth floor terrace of my current workplace, that the Washington Monument must remain the tallest structure in the city.
Alan Ford led a workshop on grass ID at Wakefield Park for the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. Tips and reminders of some training that I took from Cris Fleming a couple of years ago. Grasses are … Continue reading
A different sort of management project at the Park today: the central wetland has an overabundance of Cattail (Typha sp.). This is definitely a native, but it can be invasive. And it’s not as if we are facing a monoculture; … Continue reading
Leta and I spent most of our time at Longwood Gardens in the controlled environment of the conservatory, while the rain washed the outside. One of the destination plants of the conservatory is this single individual bread palm, Encephalartos woodii; … Continue reading