Longwood Gardens, January

Longwood Gardens, January

Before the Victorian tea in Delaware at the DuPont Hotel, last January, a bunch of us went to Longwood Gardens. There was costumed photography but because I was baby-wrangling and tired, I just went in Muggle clothes and changed later for the tea. Elena was very recently walking and she held mine and Gloria’s hands and walked, and it was … Continue Reading →


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Thanksgiving 2018/Phipps

We went to Pittsburgh to see Doug’s family at Thanksgiving, and also to celebrate Elena’s 1st birthday again… on her actual first birthday! (She was born on Thanksgiving itself in 2017, but her first birthday was on “Black Friday.” We went to Phipps Conservatory, since we hadn’t been there in a while. They were all decorated for Christmas. These are … Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Patch

Here is our annual trip to the Pumpkin patch last October! This was a month from our due date! And we had a beautiful day for it! :-) Butterfly!


March Ice Storm

In mid-March we had a weird surprise ice storm – I had to run around photograph all the iced over flowers.


Pumpkin Patch

Pics from our local pumpkin patch from back in October.


Glendening Nature Preserve

Sadly we only got to Glendening Nature Preserve once this fall – for some reason fall seems to always be busy, and we just didn’t get over there are often as we did last year. But when we did get there, we had a ton of butterflies, so we definitely made up for it!


Brookside Gardens

A beautiful afternoon, and we were in the area, so Doug and I spent an hour or two at Brookside Gardens over near Silver Spring. Spot the butterfly: They have a memorial for the victims of the DC sniper. These rainbow colored echinacea are so beautiful.


Glendening Butterfly Garden in June

Continuing the backlog of blog posts… Back in June we checked out the Glendening Butterfly garden to see how it progressing – normally we go a bunch in the fall. It was not bad though and we did catch a few butterflies.


Pumpkin Patch

We went to the Pumpkin Patch after we tromped around Glendening Wildlife Preserve with friends. Sheep!


Glendening Nature Preserve Redux

Doug and I went back to Glendending Nature Preserve to get in a nice long hike, which we did, and this time we saw a couple different butterflies at the butterfly garden – a Nokomis Fritillary, and a black Swallowtail. At the start of our hike, we saw this guy across the path: Also this: Also two really impressive spider … Continue Reading →


Glendening Nature Preserve Butterfly Garden

At the recommendation of my friend Tim, Doug and I checked out a butterfly garden at Glendening Nature Preserve, which is actually quite nearby. As it turns out, there are hiking trails there, which we tried out on other weekends. But this day we mostly just checked out the butterfly garden. There were two monarchs that chased each other around … Continue Reading →


Phipps Conservatory at Christmas

Actually we were there over Thanksgiving, but they were all decorated for Christmas. Here’s a corpse flower – yep, it has a phase of life where it looks like a tree! It’s no Jurassic Park like last year, but the volcano is still there! My niece Talia and I: A “snowman” wedding! Here’s the ring bearer: The bride: The groom … Continue Reading →