It’s hard to believe that this same forest, shrouded in mist and snow a month ago, is now bursting with the green of new leaves and the magenta of our native Redbud trees.
The Dogwood, our state flower, is blooming as well.
Even the humble Dandelion is putting on a show.
And the aptly-named Spring Beauty carpets the forest floor.
The spring fauna is making an appearance too. We have amphibians!
We have mammals in the park too, but usually by the time I turn on the camera one of my helpers has scared them off. Can you see the white-tailed deer in the picture below? Soon, with more leaves out, she’ll be even harder to spot.
Today my two-year-old was quite interested in the dead trees that had blown down.
Being so little, he is fascinated with all things big. Especially big things that crash.
And finally, a few images from the 25th Anniversary of Claude Moore Park.
Before the event: trash pick-up on historic Vestal’s Gap Road.
I love her sense of style.
My little girl and my husband, preparing Lanesville House for opening.
Inside Lanesville, vintage quilts were on display, including this snowball quilt from the 1920s or 1930s. It looks quite modern to me, with the large white spaces, bright prints, and use of solids.
We also had an excellent demonstration of piecing a chimney sweep quilt. The original (underneath) was printed with vegetable dyes.
In the Lanesville kitchen, my big girl helped to show traditional bread making techniques.
And by the Visitor’s Center, I helped the little one roast marshmallows.
Until May, I leave you with this.