Flower power! 

18 April, 2021 Flower power! 

A friend described my blog to a newcomer as having “lots of pictures of flowers.” If we’d had the same exchange in January she would have described it differently, but it’s April. Lots of flowers. This beauty is a Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana): 

Spiderwort at the river this morning:

I took that picture at (naturally) Pony Pasture today around noon. There were a lot of flowers blooming this morning. Evelyn’s out of town so I don’t have ID’s! I could email around and ask for help – my sister Katie is always generous with her assistance – but I just want to post this. I’ll put the pictures up, and if someone tells me what they are (Evelyn or Katie or any other knowledgeable person) I will go back and ID the picture and credit the person who helps out. These are pretty. I saw them ~15 minutes before I saw the spiderwort: 

Lovely white flower

I’m not as familiar with the seasonal variations of Virginia Bluebells as I should be, but I think it’s getting late in the year for them. 

Bluebells – it’s getting (I think) late in the season:

A pretty flower from this morning:

If you forget it’s still Spring, go to Pony Pasture and be reminded
Please refer to caption in preceding picture:

Flowers in the spring and summer, but dogs fifty-two weeks a year: 

They lie down more often late in the hike:

Some of these may be invasive – they’re confusing and there are lookalikes. But some are beautiful natives. I’m not sure which this is: 

Bright! I hope not invasive:

Well, I’m off to a late start today, and I haven’t eaten dinner! So let me get a few pictures in here and finish this up. Come back next week! And have a great week! 

Another bright unidentified flower from this morning

I saw some (I think) wild azaleas this week (speaking of “flower power”): 

Wild azalea (I think)

I saw these two cormorants the same day. I don’t know why one has its beak open. I also – it’s amazing I’m still learning about these birds – I also didn’t think about (I should have) – how big their feet are. Check these out: 

Who knew “Bigfoot” was really a cormorant!

Since this is a post about (primarily) flowers, and it’s April, and this is Virginia, I could hardly put this up without a picture of the Virginia State Flower (and tree), the American Dogwood: 

April in central Virginia simply has no rival. Dogwoods.

That’s it! For today! Have a great week, and come back next week! 

All best, 


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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