The Home Front

The rush of book promotion having finally ended, I've been able to get a little time at home over the last week or so, and I must say it's been welcome. I've had the chance to get some sleep, hit the gym, get back on my low-carb diet, read some books, and occasionally venture out into nature. I have also, thanks to a self-imposed moratorium on social media, been able to quit stressing myself out on Facebook and Twitter (where the Supreme Court was not doing my blood pressure any good...) and get some writing done, which I haven't been able to do for some time.

Come with me on a brief tour of late June/early July:

Here's a shot from my reading at the Fountain Bookstore in Richmond:

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I apologize for the fact that Fountain owner Kelly Justice and I are wearing two fabrics that ideally will not be in the same city, let alone the same photograph:

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A lovely little story, told in children's book covers, that I found at the Fountain.

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Kelly's mom spent a week with us, and we took her up into Shenandoah National Park for a trip around the Limberlost Trail loop. Here we pose at the Hemlock Springs overlook on Skyline Drive:
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The very next day, I made a return trip to SNP and Limberlost with longtime birding partner Mary Stevens, who also enjoys digging under logs for salamanders.

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We also took the hike down to Lewis Falls, where Mary posed in triumph atop the wall of the observation platform:

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Naturally, I was compelled to do likewise:

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And on our return trip, we spotted a first-of-the-year species we'd only hoped for: Ursus americanus, the American Black Bear:

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After I made it home, we were visited by a couple of other interesting things. First, Kelly spotted this young female in our carport:

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And a few days later, we were visited by first a growly afternoon thunderstorm and then this lovely bit of weather:

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All in all, not a bad way to start the summer.

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