Claude Moore Park: May

This is the third installment in a year-long series of monthly scenes from Claude Moore Park in Sterling, VA. To read from the beginning, please visit the  March and April pages.

The forest is so verdant and lush now!

South Entrance to Claude Moore Park, May 2015

Leaf canopy

Ferns after a spring rainstorm

fluffy white flowers

bluets (Hedyotis caerulea)

Many little yellow flowers

Little yellow flowers up close

The Poison Ivy has returned, as well as the ticks.

Poison Ivy

The fields are dotted with cheerful yellow buttercups,


and white roses line the road from the Farm Museum to the Lanesville Heritage Area.

white roses along road

We haven’t seen any monarchs yet, but flower buds are visible on the milkweed.


We made some fun discoveries this month. First, we found this Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly in the field near Frogshackle Pond.

children wathcing butterfly

The kids spent a long time watching it flit around.

blue butterfly

Another day, while Abigail was in Nature Explorers learning about “Terrific Turtles”, Henry and I took a little hike, and what did he spot?

child watching box turtle

This colorful male box turtle.

male box turtle

The class happened to be hiking close by, and we were able to show them this wild turtle. He’d moved just a few feet off the path and was quite hard to see in the leaves. I’m always amazed by what we can miss, even when it’s right next to us.

Nature Explorers hiking

I wish you many happy discoveries of your own this May.

the big pond

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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