A Year in Claude Moore Park: February

This is the final 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;

South Entrance

South Entrance to Claude Moore Park, February 2016

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, and January.

To everyone who has been following along with the series this year, thank you.

I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of exploring one place in depth. Claude Moore Park isn’t huge, just 365 acres, but I’ve found such a variety of interesting things there, and I’ve only photographed a tiny portion of it. And while I also love to travel and explore places that are new and novel to me, it’s wonderful to find the new and novel in a place I already know and love. Without this project, I don’t know if I would have noticed the form of the dried flowers in November, the delicate Spring Beauty on the forest floor in April, or the waves of ice on the pond in January.

Evergreen and not

Every Snow Has Its Thorn

I think the same could be said of exploring anything in depth, whether it’s one’s own backyard or the back of a leaf. There is always more to see and appreciate.

But I feel blessed to have this particularly beautiful place practically in my own backyard.

Shadows on the Diagonal

I especially want to thank my three young companions, who have (mostly) cheerfully joined me for so many of my walks in the woods.

Betsy in the Snow

Abigail in the Snow

After all, this series began with a walk in the snow with this little guy.

Little Boy in a Red Coat

Silly Selfie with the Boy

And now, in late February, the weather is slowly but surely inching toward spring. The last of the blizzard snow is almost gone.

Road in the Mist

Misty Woods

And the first daffodils are ready to pop. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to photograph some spring flowers!

Daffodils About to Open

Now that I’m photographing so many things, I think I’d rather post by the image or by the event, rather than trying to decide which images to save for a monthly post. But having this monthly format was a fun challenge, and I look forward to continuing to explore the park.




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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