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Mrs. White's orchard

Mrs. White's orchard at Potomac Overlook Regional Park
Mrs. White's orchard at Potomac Overlook Regional Park
James George

Today’s hike is at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. It is the choice for several reasons:

The orchards at Potomac Overlook Regional Park
James George
  1. It is warm and blustery, and walking in the woods can be more interesting than sedentary.
  2. Mrs. White’s orchard may be bearing fruit.
  3. I am taking photographs to be used in creating spooky woods paintings.

The walk down the paths is easy today because it isn’t too hot and the downslope feels good. There are a few skittish birds, downy woodpeckers included, that are racing from tree to tree as if the wind is chasing them. Goldfinches have a hard time clinging to flower plants to extract seeds on a day like this.

In early spring, I thought that I saw bear scat here in the park. I don’t know if the park ranger verified its origin or not, but it surely appeared to be. So, today I am pretending in my mind to be a pioneer walking through the woods and keeping an eye out for predators. That will be the theme of some paintings that I will do soon.

Because we haven’t had much rain, the woods is a little dry. However, the fruit in the orchard appears healthy. A few years ago it was so dry that squirrels has eaten all of the apples and pears before they got anywhere close to maturity.

I saw persimmons filling the branches and I am certain that there is a fine crop of paw paws developing. I will check out the paw paws next visit.

On this location in the early 1900s and before, there was a nice farm here. The orchard was much larger. There is a map along the trail that shows the history and how the area became developed.

Mrs. White once lived in a house here. Her house burned down, but while she lived here, she maintained a nice orchard. We see what remains today.

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