A Year in Claude Moore Park: January

This is the eleventh 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, November, and December.

Remember last month, when I was bemoaning the lack of snow? Well, we got a pretty dusting of snow, and then we got a few feet more. I think it will be early February before I’ll be able to get over to the park to take pictures, and the frogs and turtles will be staying with us a while longer while the park roads are being plowed.

So here’s the first part of the month, in which it was very cold for Northern Virginia, and ice waves formed on the ponds.

Ice on the Big Pond

Frozen Waves

And the clear January light made for some stunning views as I walked.

Heritage Area Fence

Golden Grasses

On these very cold days I was adventurous and followed a deer path for a bit, something I don’t usually do because the long grasses harbor ticks. (And the ticks were still active in December, because it was so warm!) But with temperatures in the teens and twenties, it seemed safe.

Deer Path

Grasses

I did see a few White-Tailed Deer later that morning, in the woods.

Deer

I saw a lot of birds as well, like this puffed-up cardinal.

Cardinal

I’m sorry this is a rather short post for this series. I guess there was too much nature happening for me to get out and photograph the nature! In February I’ll post a follow-up with some pictures of the snowy 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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