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There is no substitute for driving in rural Virginia at dawn (seldom, for me) or during the “Golden Hour” near dusk (thats more like it!).

If I ever need a reminder of why we moved here, just 5 minutes down a 2-lane road and the reason becomes crystal clear.

It is gorgeous here!

🙂

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Very cool bird counting effort coordinated by Cornell’s Ornithology lab and participated in by folks from all over.

Last year’s stats:

Total Checklists Submitted: 97,331
Total Species Observed: 603
Total Individual Birds Counted: 11,233,609

More information is at http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc

Spring in Virginia…

Cherry trees, Redbuds, Dogwoods and the gorgeous looking, but God-awful smelling Bradford Pear trees.

Eric Cartman says it best.

They smell bad.  I mean really f***ing bad.

Actually, Bradford Pears should probably just be banned outright.  They smell soooo horrible and if a cat farts near them, a whole branch will break off.

Apparently, I am not alone in my assessment.

Some people are just whiny  with no sense of humor. The advice provided by the “haters” is very sound – don’t plant Bradford Pears.