A late winter snowstorm

One thing about winters is they don’t like to leave. Just when you think they’re packing to go back north, they settle back down for at least a few more days. And they’re not shy about it, either. They’ll let loose and bring on a bonafide winter storm.

This particular one happened just about six years ago. The set of pictures you’re about to see were taken in Grosvenor Park and Cabin John Park, MD, and in Tyson’s Corner, McLean, VA.

Things can start out picturesque in the morning…

… and turn into this by evening.

By morning, things are back to picturesque — a beautiful, white winter picturesque.

Sadly, that doesn’t last long. In a day or two, rising temperatures melt it away.

By the way, there are few things that cheer me up better than warm miso soup and veggie sushi after exploring in the snow.


Cabin John Regional Park

This summer, Ligia and I visited Cabin John Regional Park here in Potomac, MD. It’s a lesser known park, and it doesn’t really get as many visitors as it deserves, but it’s a pretty beautiful place. To discover that beauty, you need to get off the beaten path, as is the case with many things in life.

We did get off the beaten path when we visited it, so much so that we got lost, and getting back onto the path was an adventure in itself. At least we got some good photos out of it.

This tree almost looks like someone with their legs in the air.

Looks like legs

There was a nice little brook running through the forest, and some of its riverbed was exposed. Not only did we find beautiful pebbles, but we also found some great sand patterns.


Abstract sand patterns

Brook bed imprint

The light reflected beautifully off the water’s surface.

Water patterns

Leaves trapped among pebbles

Beautiful reflection

Lichen grew abundantly on a fallen tree trunk.

Lichen growing on tree bark

We also found thick moss, colored a deep green, growing on another fallen tree trunk.

Thick moss growing on tree bark

After almost two hours of wandering the forest, we were relieved to find the path once more.

Forest path