For readers in Virginia

No food, even though I swore there’d be some soon. And I swear I’m not going to turn this into a photography blog (though maybe I should start one if I can’t control myself), but I just wanted to advise anyone in Virginia to get out and enjoy the bluebells while you can. The best place is Bull Run Park, which is free for Fairfax County residents and $7 for non-residents. It’s probably worth the $7 when the bluebells are in bloom. The first (or last) bit of the 17.5-mile Bull Run Trail is located here, but there is also a 1.5-mile loop that was created specifically for enjoying the bluebells, called, you guessed it, the Bluebell Loop.

I like the Bluebell trail. It’s extremely easy, so it doesn’t really qualify as much of a workout, but when I’m carrying around two cameras, multiple lenses, and a tripod, I’m cool with “extremely easy”. Real cool. And I usually find wildlife, which of course is like striking gold to me. Here’s just some of the wildlife I’ve found there:

Ducks. I LOVE baby ducks! I got to meet a duck rehabber and I’ll tell you, raccoons are awesome, but baby ducks…soooo cute! (And a little easier than raccoons, methinks.)


And I took one of Mark’s favorite pictures, the dragonfly:

Despite my affection for the park, and luck with wildlife, I’d never been there during bluebell season before this Saturday. I was missing out and I don’t want you to!

Bluebells as far as you can see.

I guess I never went during bluebell season before because I’ve heard it’s crowded and I don’t like crowds, but although there were times in which there were other people at the same place I was, there were more times when there was no one within sight or earshot.

Even when you do run into people, they are friendly but generally quiet. Most are there for the pictures or serenity as well.

At the risk of really looking more like a photography blog than a food blog, here are some infrared pictures as well, because I can’t resist. This is pretty much the same shot as the color one above it:

This tree is surrounded by bluebells, which of course aren’t blue through an infrared filter, but they are interesting anyway.

It’s a magical place!

There are several benches dispersed throughout the trail, each dedicated to a late bluebell-lover.

At the beginning/end, where it’s almost always muddy, there’s a boardwalk. It’s a REALLY easy trail.

If you’re in Northern Virginia, check it out. And if you’re not, but you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, check out whatever amazing foliage your particular neck of the woods has to offer, because it’s a beautiful spring!

That’s it – I’ve got groceries to unpack and sauerkraut to make, so I’m off to the kitchen, and next time there will be FOOD, glorious food, here on


  1. Jes Said,

    April 3, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    Bluebells!!! I wish I were closer to that amazing park–I’d romp all over it. And sneeze a lot too, probably. Hmm. Gorgeous pictures!

  2. Vicky Said,

    April 3, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    Hello Renae
    I’ve been following your blogs for months now (well, probably nearly a year actually) but I’ve been too shy to post anything. I’m not a vegan or even a vegetarian but I love cooking and kitchens and food and I love your recipes but those infrared bluebell photos are absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing.

  3. renae Said,

    April 3, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    Thanks so much for the comment, Vicky! I know the shy feeling; I have to work up the nerve to comment on other blogs, which is crazy because as a blog author I know how much they mean to the writer. It’s good to know that although people are probably here for the food, my extraneous pictures are appreciated and not annoying!

  4. Josiane Said,

    April 3, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

    Oh, Renae, your pictures are far from annoying! They’re absolutely gorgeous. Despite the absence of food, this post was a real feast for the eyes!

  5. Zoa Said,

    April 4, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    I love your infrared photos. Sigh. Almost enough to make me buy a digital SLR camera like yours, except I spent all my money on gardening supplies this year. So lovely! I’d be tempted to frame every one of them. And how nice too to see that somewhere, it’s really truly spring…

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