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May 16, 2019 [LINK / comment]
Springtime short-distance travels
Last year I didn't get around to summarizing my travels in this blog until August 9, and I'm trying to do better this year. So here are a few quick items about short-distance travels that I have taken (mostly with Jacqueline) during spring. The photos below are the choicest ones of those posted on the Chronological (2019) page. On January 6 I went to Highland County and Bath County with a few others from the Augusta Bird Club, with scenic highlights at Lake Moomaw and the historic bath house in Warm Springs. On March 10 Jacqueline and I went to the Highland County Maple Festival, briefly entering West Virginia northeast of Blue Grass. (We missed that festival the year before.) As usual, we bought a quart of maple syrup and a few other souvenir and craft items.
Maple Festival 2019 in McDowell, March 10.
On May 4 Jacqueline asked me to go with her to meet with her sister in Richmond, and I seized the opportunity to do some birding in the nearby Dutch Gap area along the James River. (See the separate blog post on birding.) Just like the last time I was there (June 2016), I saw many Zebra Swallowtails. I recently learned that the caterpillars of those butterflies feed on Paw Paw leaves, and indeed I saw many Paw Paw trees in the swampy area through which I hiked. The trail was very wet in places, and at one point it was flooded, so I had to give up and head back.
Boat landing at Dutch Gap, southeast of Richmond, May 4.
On our way home, we drove north along Route 1 through south Richmond, where evidence of poverty and strong racial feelings abounds. As we approached downtown Richmond, I asked Jacqueline to take photos of the city skyline as we crossed one of the James River bridges, and she did a good job. Then we drove past Virginia Commonwealth University, which gets bigger every time I see it, and I was struck my a sort of surrealistic mural showing four people with their eyeballs detached, apparently imagining the same dream. I should try to find out more about that mural. Next we entered historic Monument Avenue just a few blocks to the west of VCU. The afternoon lighting was not ideal as we headed west, or else I would have taken more photos.
Jefferson Davis statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, May 4.
Finally, on May 6 I led an Augusta Bird Club field trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and went back to the same area the very next day with some other birders. At one point I saw an azalea bush in full bloom, and it almost seemed to be begging me to take this lush, scenic picture, looking southeast toward the Big Levels area:
Azazleas in the Blue Ridge, May 7.
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January 9, 2019 ~ Polo Grounds: a massive update
January 9, 2019 ~ Field trip to Highland County
January 20, 2019 ~ Crosley Field crazy update!
February 28, 2019 ~ Mourning in D.C.: Bryce Harper picks Philadelphia
March 4, 2019 ~ West by Southwest: Desert scenery travelogue
March 15, 2019 ~ Olympic-sized Olympic Stadium update
March 18, 2019 ~ Life bird: Evening Grosbeak(s)!
April 14, 2019 ~ A history of rock music, Part I: from A to G
April 20, 2019 ~ Springtime for birders!
May 6, 2019 ~ Field trip to Dowell's Draft
May 16, 2019 ~ Ten Days In May:* Bird migration season peaks
May 16, 2019 ~ Springtime short-distance travels
May 31, 2019 ~ Birding in mid-to-late May
May 31, 2019 ~ Nationals hit rock bottom, finally bounce back
June 11, 2019 ~ A history of rock music, Part II: from H to N
July 4, 2019 ~ Red-hot Nationals surge into third second place
July 9, 2019 ~ Busy, busy, busy: Birding in June
July 29, 2019 ~
Nationals crush the Dodgers, avoid being swept
August 2, 2019 ~
Hot, hot, hot: Birding in July
August 6, 2019 ~
Summertime travel highlights
August 31, 2019 ~
Hot August nights (& days): Nats surge ahead
September 4, 2019 ~
A history of rock music, Part III: from O to W
September 29, 2019 ~
Nationals cruise toward October as wild cards
October 3, 2019 ~
Soto did it! Nationals win miracle wild card comeback (+)
October 10, 2019 ~
How about Howie?! Nationals come back to win NLDS!
October 18, 2019 ~
Nationals sweep the Cardinals, win the pennant!
November 2, 2019 ~
On the Road Again: Nats Are the Champions!
November 17, 2019 ~
Birding in August (Swallow-tailed Kite!)
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The "home made" blog organization system that I created was instituted on November 1, 2004, followed by several functional enhancements in subsequent years. I make no more than one blog post per day on any one category, so some posts may cover multiple news items or issues. Blog posts appear in the following (reverse alphabetical) order, which may differ from the chronological order in which the posts were originally made:
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- Canaries ("Home birds")
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