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Shenandoah Bluebells 2019

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The bluebells are peaking in mid-April this year (a bit early), so we are outta here, headed to Norway for more winter. Because we, um, actually we think we’re nuts.

Here are some pictures from the daily walk.

Willie likes Spring

Bluebells by the river (this is our home loop)

The dogs have lost the trail!

The greening of the Blue Ridge has begun

This field smells like honey

Pollen leg is a thing

Footbridge on Wheat Spring Branch

A quick Study of rocks..

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Akkkkkkk!

One soft rock!

One soft rock!

Not a rock.

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ok. a study of rocks and other stuff..

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3 Weeks of Spring Flowers – Spring Springing

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Baby Bluebell, 4/3/14

Baby Bluebell, 4/3/14

Teenage Bluebell, 4/12/14

Teenage Bluebell, 4/12/14

Old Lady Bluebell, 4/20/14

Old Lady Bluebell, 4/20/14

Baby Trillium

Baby Trillium

Teenage Trillium

Teenage Trillium

Trillium All Grown Up.

Trillium All Grown Up.

River bluebell View 1

Tree View 1

Tree View 2

Tree View 2

Tree View 3

Tree View 3

River Bluebell View 1

River Bluebell View 1

Tree Bluebell View 2

River Bluebell View 2

River Bluebell View 3

River Bluebell View 3

The Full Monty.

The Full Monty.

The greening

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baby leaves

baby leaves

and bluebells

and bluebells

The Three Day Spring

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Three days of sunshine and some rain bring on the bloom in Virginia.

Spring in full swing.  Leaf buds ready to open.

Spring in full swing. Leaf buds ready to open.

Flowers.

Grape hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth

Grape hyacinth.

Grape hyacinth.

And more flowers.

Speedwell.

Speedwell.

Bluebells

Bluebells

And dogs.

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Along our homemade trail by the Shenandoah River.

Orgies, Beavers, and the Difference 500 Miles Makes

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In NH this weekend, we went to see the newt orgy. Apparently it had already ended by the time we arrived. Only a few newt stragglers remained.

Here’s what it looks like in NH in early April.

At least there were beavers to be seen. Or signs of beavers anyway.

Huge oak taken down by beavers.

Huge oak taken down by beavers.

Or was it the field ecologist?

Beavers or ecologists?

Beavers or ecologists?

At least we used all of our gear. Here is how a field ecologist rolls in NH. Umbrella, snowshoes, and an ipad.

Meanwhile back at the apothecary shed, things look distinctly more springlike.

Early Spring in Virginia.

Early Spring in Virginia.

The first bluebells of Spring.

Spring bluebells in Virginia.

Spring bluebells in Virginia.