The 388-Year Old Atomic Bomb Survivor

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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

81-Year-Old Bridge Demolished

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The old Route 7 bridge, a two-lane span built over Goose Creek in 1932, connecting Leesburg to eastern Loudoun County, is no more. Demolition was completed this month after the county decided not to fund it’s rehabilitation. Since the 1980s, the bridge served as a scenic overlook for hikers and bikers of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and the Keep Loudoun Beautiful Park. I took this photo of the bridge during Hurricane Sandy when the flood waters crested inches below its span.