March 21, 2012    Quick!

“Quick!” as in “I’d better get a post up really quick or another day will pass!”
My best laid plan is to put up a lot of blog posts but I have allowed myself to be  thwarted. I’m still thwarted and not taking the time to do the text I’d like and to  elaborate here and there. But it’s been a long time since I’ve put up a post and if nothing else I’ve got some pictures I enjoy. I’ll put up a “real” post (your guess here is as good as mine) in the non-distant future. But for now, some of the pictures that have accrued since my last time on here.

First, however, a leftover picture from February that I enjoyed. This is one of the rear “trucks” of a General Electric ES44AC locomotive:

We arrived at the river shortly after sunrise on Thursday, March 1. I like this shot because it’s an angle I don’t often post:

And  I enjoyed this lovely yellow flower:

These three weren’t at the river at all; they are lending fragrance and beauty to my driveway:


My driveway smells and looks so beautiful

Lee and Lucy joined us at the river on Sunday, March 4 – he was kind enough to take this picture. I wish all my dogs had been kind enough to pay attention! I think they wanted to keep hiking:

The sun is coming up earlier every day. Although we’ve switched to Daylight Savings Time. I took this picture on the morning of March 8, the last Thursday before the time change:

A buddy and I made it down to the tracks the following week; we were fortunate to see a “double” parked there. Notice neither locomotive’s headlight is lit. #19 is an AC4400 and #5254 is an (obviously newer) ES (or “Evolution Series”) 4400:

We made it to the river again on Thursday the 15th. The flowers are becoming quite prolific. This yellow one and this purple one are beautiful examples:

A purple beauty
(Identification also welcome)

And we can’t forget the delightful wrens!:

I make it a point to get to the river as often as possible in this weather. A friend and I went down the very next afternoon and saw these beauties:

So much to enjoy!

I have a few more pictures to put up but this post is over-full. I’ll put up a brief addendum post.

Speaking of addendums, I’ve been adding a brief narrative at the end of each blog posts. I’ve got one partly written but I’ve put off posting too long. It will be here soon. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy these pictures.

Have a great day,


About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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8 Responses to Quick!

  1. Where are these tracks you mention? Are they the ones I can see from the beginning of the downtown expressway/powhite/195? (where it meets 64 and 95)?

  2. They’re right at Brown’s Island – right where the Folk Festival is! Jackson I’m sure would love to see them.

  3. Anne Adams says:

    I love the trip through nature. It is calming.

  4. Grace says:

    Amazing picture of the wren. It looks framed by the vine on which it is perched. Great nature photos as always, Jay!

    • Thanks Grace,
      I also love that picture of the wren. I wish I could more reliably predict when a picture will look that nice. It is a good looking little bird, though. Very cooperative to perch there on that interesting vine in flawless light with blue sky behind it. I think males and females are nearly indistinguishable. They’re both very cute! Have a great day,


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