It’s the Lubber Run today. The walk today traces the “run” as it leaves the Ballston Pond and goes underground, popping up in Ballston backyards before becoming apparent in the Lubber Run Park as it drains into the Four Mile Run.
“One-third of the runoff from Lubber Run is detained and treated in Ballston Pond, a detention storage site for runoff from a .6-square-mile drainage area, including portions of Interstate 66. Ballston Pond will be restored in the near future.”
The hike was at least 4 miles in a loop. The temperature is in the 80s and I brought my own water in a backpack.
The feature photo is a butterfly on clover. Fortunately, there are lots of bees today. They are on the teal berry vine.
“Description: This deciduous woody vine, native to northeastern Asia, casts a spell with its spherical fruit colors rarely seen in nature. The berries emerge from the small green, branching flower cymes borne in summer. These berries start green, progress to light blue and then on to metallic shades of blue, teal and purple.”
The teal berry may be considered an invasive plant, however, given how bees have taken to it, horticulturalists must contemplate a better alternative before removing them and further devastating the bee population.
Here is a “list” of things notable in the hike.
1. Ballston Pond
2. Sewer drain at Fields Park
3. Balls Crossing Neighborhood
4. Homeowners helping runoff
5. Bridges over Lubber Run
6. Low water
8. Arlington County, Virginia geological features (map)
9. Lubber Run geological features
10. Prospectors got excited
13. Landmark House
14. Four Mile Run