Claude Moore Park: April

This is the second in a year-long series of monthly scenes from Claude Moore Park in Sterling, VA. To read from the beginning, go to March.

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.

South Entrance to the Park

Virginia Redbud and Bee

Virginia Redbud and blue sky

The Dogwood, our state flower, is blooming as well.

Old Wood and New

Flowering Dogwood

Even the humble Dandelion is putting on a show.

Dandelion Close-Up

And the aptly-named Spring Beauty carpets the forest floor.

Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty on the Forest Floor

The spring fauna is making an appearance too. We have amphibians!

Amphibian

Amphibian 2

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.

White Tailed Deer

Today my two-year-old was quite interested in the dead trees that had blown down.

So Many Trees

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.

Early Morning Trash Pick-Up

I love her sense of style.

My little girl and my husband, preparing Lanesville House for opening.

Preparing Lanesville

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.

1920s Quilt

We also had an excellent demonstration of piecing a chimney sweep quilt. The original (underneath) was printed with vegetable dyes.

Chimney Sweep Quilt

In the Lanesville kitchen, my big girl helped to show traditional bread making techniques.

Demonstrating Traditional Bread Baking

And by the Visitor’s Center, I helped the little one roast marshmallows.

Roasting Marshmallows

Until May, I leave you with this.

Into the Woods

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About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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