Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Gathering Spring

On a recent warm day, the honeybees were busy on the crocuses in our yard...the first flowers of spring!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Maple Sugar Season"

Just one of the many large maple sugar trees at
Puffenbarger's Sugar Orchard in Blue Grass, VA
Photo by Doug Puffenbarger

Right now Highlanders and maple tree owners all over the county
are tapping trees to collect sap to boil down into maple syrup.
This tree got "tapped!"
Photo by Doug Puffenbarger

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Whiter Than Snow

"Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."

From the 1872 hymn by James Nicholson

Clover Creek Presbyterian Church on the Bullpasture, south of McDowell
Founded in 1880

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Trimble's Knob

The recent snow blanketed our local volcano, then the wind carved waves.