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What’s that plant? A field test for Plant ID apps

The ability to identify plants and trees was once the sole province of experts such as naturalists, botanists and master gardeners. But with new technology just a download away, anyone can do it. Well, mostly do it. So I learned during a...

Virginia riverside trails a rhapsody of bluebells

At Bull Run Regional Park in Northern Virginia, the staff starts fielding questions in February. “When will the bluebells peak?” “What if I come next Thursday morning?” It’s impossible to predict that far out,...

Birds and birders alike still flocking to Cox Creek

One of Maryland’s top birding sites is not as open to the public as it used to be — but no one told the birds. From their vantage point, the Cox Creek dredged material placement site just southeast of Baltimore on the Patapsco...

South Mountain battlefield not just for Civil War buffs

Shiloh, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettsyburg, the Wilderness: After more than 150 years, the names of certain Civil War battles continue to vibrate with meaning and consequence in the public’s imagination. Their names are often...

Arlington Woods a living monument to forests of the past

Cemeteries are places of remembrance.  Arlington National Cemetery is perhaps the most famous, the final resting place of more than 400,000 veterans of American conflicts and their spouses. More than 3 million people visit each year to...

Sinuous, woodsy Barren Creek is fit to be plied

A street lined with homes built in the early 1900s slopes downhill to the fraying edge of town. A two-lane bridge carries traffic across a ribbon of flat water. There’s a boat ramp on the opposite side with one of those newfangled kayak...

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