A Year in Claude Moore Park: December

This is the tenth installment in a year-long series of monthly scenes from Claude Moore Park in Sterling, VA. To read from the beginning, please visit my posts from the past months; March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November.

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South Entrance to the Park, December 2015

I sometimes have an idea of what I want to photograph in a particular month. For example, in December I thought I’d get some pictures of the inside of Lanesville House decorated for the holidays, and of the park’s first snow.

Mud 20151227

Well, the snow hasn’t happened yet. In fact, we were all wearing short sleeves on Christmas.

Holiday in the Park did happen, but I learned the important life lesson that One Can Not Spend One’s Time Taking Pictures of Decorations Whilst Also Leading One’s Girl Scout Troop at an Event.

I did go back later and take some pictures of the outdoor decorations.

Frogshackle 20151227

Frogshackle Nature Center

Lanesville Side 20151227

Lanesville House (side)

Lanesville Front 20151227

Lanesville House, Decorated for Holiday in the Park

Tractor with wreath 20151227

Outside Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum

And squirrels.

Squirrells 20151227

At least the weather was nice for taking walks this month. I saw berries of red,

Red berries 20151227

and blue,

Blue Berries 20151227

and pink!

Pink Berries 20151227

Did you know pink berries existed in nature? I didn’t.

I hiked on beautiful misty mornings before dashing off to do Christmas shopping,

Visitor's Center 20151227

Morning Pond 20151227

and at sunset, while heading home from dance class.

Windmill 20151227

Sunset 20151227

Like many things in life, this month did not turn out the way I’d planned, but this time I can’t complain a bit.

 

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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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