Nature

Virginia honey bee colonies expanding

Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in Virginia as of July 2017 totaled 8,000, a 23 percent increase over the 6.500 colonies at the start of 2016, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). […]

Nature

Big bear fancies beer

Large bears certainly aren’t a rarity in Rappahannock County, but Washington residents couldn’t believe their eyes when a huge black bear showed up uninvited on their kitchen porch. […]

Environment/Conservation

An old land, forever young

In this respect, geology seems a lot like psychology: you seldom know what personal history lies at the heart of someone else. It could be as psychologically disruptive as tectonic plates colliding. […]

Nature

Lurking in the night

This coyote was captured one recent night by a wildlife camera on Route 647 Crest Hill Road, just outside Flint Hill. Found statewide, coyotes are relative newcomers to the Commonwealth. […]

Nature

Rainy day walk

Rappahannock County resident Kathy McNitt didn’t let numerous rain showers from this past week keep her from hiking in Shenandoah National Park, where she captured this artistic shot along the Limberlost Trail. […]

Nature

Of time and the river

For this was the bloody Rappahannock line that divided Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and the multi-headed Army of the Potomac, the line that served to separate Richmond and Washington. In some senses it was an artificial line. […]

Adult Education

Homesteading conference coming to Fauquier

The October Homesteaders of America conference will feature demonstrations on blacksmithing, quilting, canning and preserving, wild game trapping, off grid living, solar power, gardening, holistic health, dairy animals, soaps and salves, ethical meat, bushcrafting, and much more. […]