Prominently displayed at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D. C. is the remarkable bonsai known as the Hiroshima Survivor. This rare White Pine (Pinus parviflora ‘Miyajima’) from Miyajima Island in Japan was part of a bonsai collection in Hiroshima when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city, 6 August 1945. Continue reading
Assateague State Park is located on Assateague Island near Berlin, Maryland and is owned and maintained by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The big draw of this 859-acre, ocean-front park is the population of feral horses that roam free on the island. The park also offers a visitor center, a 350-site campground, fishing, clamming, swimming, nature trails, bird watching, a boat launch and marina, a camp store and snack bar, and kayak rentals. Pets are welcome in restricted areas of the park. Continue reading
On the second Saturday of each month, the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) hosts a public star-gazing event at Sky Meadows State Park near Paris, Virginia. The grassy field behind the 1860s era Mount Bleak House is transformed into an extraterrestrial observatory with dozens of high-tech, high-powered telescopes exploring and imaging the cosmos. Continue reading
I came to explore and photograph the river but the battery in my DSLR was completely dead and I had to rely on my iPhone to document the trip. Regardless of the fact, photos cannot do justice to the beauty and magic of this place. Continue reading
Pocomoke River State Park is tucked away on Maryland’s lower eastern shore near Snow Hill, Maryland and is owned and maintained by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The highlight of this 15,000-acre park is the wild and scenic Pocomoke River, where locals and travelers come to boat, canoe, kayak, and fish. Pocomoke means black water, and the scenery is outstanding around these dark, tannin-stained waters. The river originates in the Great Cypress Swamp in Delaware and flows southwesterly 45 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. The surrounding forest is famous for its stand of loblolly pine and for its cypress swamps which border the river. There are several campgrounds in the park and they are divided into two separate areas by the Pocomoke; the Shad Landing Area on the south and the Milburn Landing Area on the north. The park offers riverfront campsites, mini cabins, picnic areas, a marina, watercraft rentals, multi-use trails, a camp store, playgrounds, and a swimming pool. Pets are allowed in the following areas:
– The marina day-use area, including the boat ramp area to board vessels.
– The Acorn Trail camping loop.
– They are allowed in all day-use areas after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend.
– Pets are welcome in all areas of the park. Continue reading