Category Archives: Bluebells at Bull Run Regional Park

the Virginia Bluebell … Mertensia virginica

it is that time of year again when the forest floor of Bull Run Regional Park transforms into a blanket of blooms…

our first visit this year was perhaps a week ahead of peak bloom and VERY muddy (we always come prepared with a change of shoes… a little slipping and sliding is so worth it)…

I get excited each year and look forward to walking in the woods with our traveling tea cup along the looped Bluebell Trail…

I will leave you with a just a few photo collages and if you’d like to see more you can click here for past and much more colorful visits

we plan to return for an early morning walk when more blooms are open and the light is softer…

joining everyone at Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s to wish you a Happy T Day…

 

it’s Bluebell time again …

Magpie's Nest our lilacs

this time of year has me feeling a bit like a bumblebee flitting from thing to thing to take in all the beauty and surprises nature has to offer…

Magpie's Nest Cherry Blossoms with a filter

 cherry blossom time in Washington, D.C. meant that the Virginia Bluebells could not be far behind…

Magpie's Nest Bluebell Trail

to our great delight this past weekend we got to visit Bull Run Regional Park several times…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tea cup on a log

which is something we look forward to each Spring here in Virginia (one of the days three hours had passed before we knew it)…

Magpie's Nest shadows time for tea

we took the traveling tea cup along and found lots of welcoming spots for it to rest for a bit being careful to avoid the tender new poison ivy popping up everywhere and remembering to NOT be tempted to touch the mature fuzzy vines clinging to tree trunksMagpie's Nest Fuzzy Poison Ivy Vines

much like the cherry blossoms the exquisite bluebells are relatively short lived and perhaps all the more precious because of that (depending on weather conditions they can last about 8-10 days)…

Magpie's Nest Virginia Wildflowers

there are other blooms to enjoy as well but the bluebells are definitely the stars of the show…

Magpie's Nest Bluebells on a bank

being in the woods for sunrise one day treated us to a bit of extra magic…

Magpie's Nest Misty Morning sunrise in Virginia

there was a mist over the meadow entering the park that stopped us in our tracks…

Magpie's Nest Dewdrops like Diamonds

 Mother Nature made each petal and leaf look like it had been dusted with sugar (you can click the photos for a closer look)…

Magpie's Nest Bull Run Park Nature Treats

walking the loop trail through the woods is a little different each time (can you see the goose peeking over the log)…

Magpie's Nest Bull Run Bluebell Reflections

here’s wishing you a very happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup on a stumpmay your day be full of things you enjoy…

time flies when you are having fun

and spending time with your best friend and L♥ve…

Jim and Patty checking out the bluebells

Mr Magpie and I are celebrating 33 years of marriage today…

Bull Run Park

April is a month full of hope and promise when nature comes back to life here in Virginia

Virginia Bluebells Magpies Nest Patty Szymkowicz

the blooming Washington Cherry Blossoms are on our list to visit but yesterday we decided to head away from the city and check on the annual bluebells in Bull Run Regional Park

hillside always first to bloom

most of the bluebells are in their very early stages with a ways to go but we checked on a hidden hillside that gets afternoon sun

busy bumble bee

and there we found some of those beautiful blooms in stages of unfurling…

Bluebells beginning 2014

April is a month we look forward to for many reasons…

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“If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.”
– Unknown

Blossom Love…

Parasol Painting

Mr Magpie and I celebrated our anniversary last week by enjoying the cherry blossoms in unusually hot summer like temperatures…

Bluebell Traveling Tea Cupwe made time first thing that same morning to visit our favorite bluebells with our traveling tea cup in tow…

Starling with Cherry Blossoms

 the cherry blossoms are in the city…


Cherry Blossom Traveling Tea Cup

and the blue bells are in a park a little nearer to our home…

Bluebell Forest

each place is special to us for different reasons…

Panorama Bull Run Park

the bluebell forest walk is always so peaceful…

Panorama Bluebell Forest

 we had the idea of using the panorama feature on our camera and Mr Magpie made it work vertically to try and capture the majesty of one of the trees in the bluebell woods

Bluebell Woods T Cup

we are lucky that for the fourth year in a row we have been able to enjoy both blooming events…

Happy Wanderers

one year we visited the bluebells six different times…

Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica

“Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness, know that, like life, things must sometimes fade, before they can bloom again.” ~Unknown

*thank you for visiting this pre scheduled post…thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the tragedies in Boston*

Enchanted Bluebell Forest Tea

some of you have been on this Bluebell walk with me before…

both the cherry blossoms and the bluebells were early this year

by a good three weeks at least…

we amaze ourselves at just how many photos we manage to snap

at each and every visit …

each time we are charmed anew by the wondrous display of blooms at Bull Run Regional Park…

the forest changes from year to year…

but the magnificent pinks and blues and purples and greens

along with the bones of the forest never fail to delight us…

this year on our sunset visit to the park we found the paths were much drier

than the slip n slide ones we experienced last year

here is what Mr Magpie was on bended knee to photograph with his fancy camera lens…

isn’t it exquisite…

(mosaic made with Big Huge Labs)

it was fun to get out with our traveling tea cup again…

please take a moment to welcome a very talented and sweet artist friend Susan Godby to blogland on her new Rosie Inspirations blog…

her hearts for the Heart Journal 2012 challenges are gorgeous and inspiring!

as always you can stop by Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons to see what the other Tea on Tuesday bloggers are up to …

Tree Cup Tea

we have had some traveling tea cup fun recently on our saunters into the Bluebell forest

bubble wrap was our friend…


the old trees and fallen wood really add extra interest all along the way…

last winter we had some ice storms that toppled lots of trees…

our traveling tea cup will be taking a trip to the mountains very soon…

the Swiss Alps to be exact…

we have had plans for sometime now to celebrate our 30th anniversary with a nice trip…

we couldn’t be more excited…plus we get to meet one of the special Queen Bees in person…


wishing each of you a very Happy T Tuesday…pop over to Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons for the Mr Linky list of tea bloggers this week…

Bluebell Bliss…again and again

it is that magical time of year again here in Northern Virginia…

when the forest floor of the Bull Run Regional Park turns blue…

with Virginia Bluebells  (Mertensia virginica)…

as far as the eye can see…

they are like the Cherry Blossoms around the tidal basin in Wash DC…

blooming for a limited time each Spring…

and not to be missed if you can help it…

this year our Spring has been mostly cool and very wet…

which has helped extend the parade of blooms…

we have been lucky enough to visit six times already…

every trek into the forest is a new adventure…

it changes daily…

watching the progression and show put on by Mother Nature…

is pure delight…

the flowers could go on for another week…

weather permitting…

we have taken so many photos…

and still cannot wait to return to the woods…

Tea and Fairy Spuds

third time is just as charming


I got to visit the bluebells one last time with two dear friends

here are photos from visit one and from tea last Tuesday

if you would like to see more bluebell pictures

the hairy vines going up the tall trees to the far left and right are poison ivy

Spring Beauty flowers (Claytonia virginica) carpet the entrance to the bluebell trail at Bull Run Park


Native Indians and settlers used the tiny corms/bulbs of the flowers like potatoes … thus the name Fairy Spuds

as with most of my photos, you can double click for a closer view … you can almost see the snake smiling *ggg*

each walk in the woods had special surprises … this time it was the tubular kind … I have a friend so afraid of snakes she cannot even say the word

Lennie was just a few steps away and spotted him …  we all froze in our tracks … giving him complete right of way … he was not interested in us at all … just wanted to get to the other side of the path … it still made the hairs stand up on the back of our necks


here is what we came to see … even though the bluebells were waning … there was still lots of lovely blue to behold


after our stroll through the forest

we went to a local tea spot … which has changed owners


I missed the quaint cozy feeling of the old British Pantry … we did enjoy our tea and conversation


it was a lovely day in the country … missed you Pat

thank you for stopping by for tea … be sure and visit

Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons for more blog stops

Many many thanks, again, Kimmie for the sweet surprises you sent in the mail oxo

Tea and Anniversary

Sunday was our wedding anniversary

29 years of wedded bliss


we have been so smitten by the local bluebells …. they have a brief blooming period and are oh SO wonderful to behold


we got to visit them last Thursday evening … more photos here … and thought it would be nice to see them in morning light as well


so off we went with our tea …. make that coffees

a few more visitors … human and otherwise … on a Sunday than a weekday


Boy did we ever get a bonus thrill


at least forty white tailed deer came bounding through the bluebell wood … our jaws dropped in wonder and pure amazement


not wanting to take my eyes off them … I snapped off a few random pics … the thunder of their hoofs and the sound they made splashing as they crossed the water was one of those magical moments in time


unforgettable!

I told Mr Magpie IF we had to pick just one bluebell photo from the hundreds we’ve taken … mission impossible for certain … I would pick this stump with a view … being tall gave him the perfect window into the woods

once again we had to pull ourselves away from the splendor of it all


this time we were headed to the tiny hamlet of The Plains … for dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant

“Girasole” …  Italian for Sunflower


we sat out on the veranda and had a little excitement there too … we spotted Robert Duvall and his mysterious young wife wearing a huge hat that completely covered her face … a couple of tables over … mind you he is the “famous” one who appeared to be just a regular guy living in the Virginia countryside … you can imagine how badly I wanted to snap a pic or two … but I behaved myself and have no photos of that for you as  Mr Magpie also refused to do the deed *gg*


dinner was divine from beginning to end


thanks as always for coming by for T … I know this was a long post again … I am getting windy in my old age 🙂

pop over to Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons to see the other T Tuesday posts

Bluebell Paradise

a short drive from our home … heading away from the city to Bull Run Regional Park


home of the largest stand of Bluebells on the east coast of the US

Bluebells are the star … but there are lots of other wildflowers too … white Spring Beauty … Trout Lily … Mayapple and more


because of extreme heat (90+ degrees…32+ celsius) for the last several days … lots of early spring plants have been a bit stressed not being used to July temperatures in April


washing out the normally vibrant blues a bit … still such a magical fairyland


Mr Magpie and I had a great time with the digital camera … it was late in the day and just before a rain storm … lighting was a bit tricky … we did not let that keep us from clicking away


unlike our jaunt into Washington DC recently to see the cherry blossoms along with hoards of other people … we saw fewer than a dozen visitors on our woodsy 1.5 mile walk


an ocean of bluebells as far as you could see

Bull Run is a free flowing tributary stream of the Potomac River that flows south to the Occoquan River

we took around 150 photos … savoring every minute

Mr Magpie used a flash on the photo above … looking up from underneath


here is the same blossom without the flash … we came home and investigated what this mysterious flower belonged to … the PawPaw tree

rain drops started to fall making it a little easier to leave


we decided it was a good thing that Virginia Bluebells have no fragrance … otherwise as Mr Magpie said we might be like Dorothy and Toto in The Wizard of Oz … asleep in the poppies

hoping the show of blooms will continue … the rain storm is bringing cooler more seasonable temperatures …  I have a date with two special friends to visit the bluebells next week … fingers crossed

“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower … Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.” ~William Blake