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We photographed Norfolk & Western No. 611 Class J steam engine pulling the Shenandoah Valley Limited excursion train near Ferrol, VA. The Class J has a 4-8-4 wheel arrangement, known as a 'Northern' type engine.
This April we visited Boxerwood Nature Center & Woodland Gardens in Lexington, VA. We had never visited this volunteer-mananged informal arboretum before and we enjoyed the variety of plants and spring flowers.
Tags: Ann Magnolia, Apple Blossom, Beale's Barberry, Daffodil, Dawn Redwood, Flowers, Fothergilla, Garden, Golden Ragwort, Japanese Andromeda (Pieris Japonica), Japanese Flowering Crabapple, Japanese Maple, Japanese Red Maple, Lenten-rose, Persian Ironwood, Red Columbine, Redbud, Trees, Tsutsusi Azalea, Turtle, Virginia Bluebells
One afternoon in late December we saw clouds which showed multiple colors which changed as we watched. I have since learned that this formation of colors in clouds, known as irisation, is relatively rare.
We were passing through Calabash, NC where we saw a man with several large tortoises in a vacant lot. He said they were Sulcata Tortoises (also known as the African Spurred Tortoise) and he was with a tortoise rescue.