Painting Vineyards and Vistas

Wine. Lovely weather. Friends. Beautiful scenery. Painting. Seriously, those are all the ingredients for an incredible afternoon. Paint.Local.Social aims to bring this experience to everyone, no artistic talent needed! Vineyards and Vistas is a Plein Air painting experience at a local winery in Adams County. It will include all supplies and instruction along with wine samples. Andi […]

A New Look at a Lake Revisited

I’ve been visiting Lake Elkhorn, in Columbia, MD, for longer than two decades. Years of walking dogs around the lake has made the lake familiar and comforting. It’s one of my favorite places in Columbia, and despite its local popularity, it’s restful and relaxing. Lake Elkhorn is a 37-acre reservoir located in the Owen Brown […]

Reflections on Trap Pond

Freshwater wetlands once covered a large portion of southwestern Sussex County, DE. Featuring the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress trees in the United States, Trap Pond State Park retains a part of those wetlands’ original beauty and mystery. (The bald cypress is a wetland tree adapted to areas of calm, shallow standing water.) Ironically, […]

Hike to Annapolis Rocks

“Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. …  Of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains.” — John Muir, Naturalist     For almost any hiker in the East, the Appalachian Trail has a curious draw. Colleagues of mine have spent […]