Frederick Landmarks, Barn Stormer's Tour, Agricultural history

Summer's coming

We have finally passed our “early August” stretch of high temperatures and seem to be settling into a pattern more in keeping with what we would expect of spring.... less than a week before the official start of summer!

Many local farms have already managed to bale a first cutting of hay from their fields. The lack of any significant rain at harvest time has been highly beneficial though our area could certainly use some rain now. Hope we aren’t getting into a repeat of last year’s near drought conditions.
Farm field, hay bales, spring, Blue Ridge mountains, Frederick County, MD

Season’s Bounty © Russell C. Poole

Feed Me Mom!, Blue Jay, adult, immature bird, feeding behavior, MD
Feed Me Mom! © Russell C. Poole

Meanwhile we have begun to see many of the local bird population scurrying around trying to feed this years brood of perpetually hungry young.

Tuesday of this week brought a dark front and wicked looking clouds resembling the imagined “crack of doom” but still little or no measurable rain to the northern parts of Frederick county.
Nature's Raw Power, storm front, ominous clouds, Blue Ridge mountains, Catoctin area, Frederick County, MD
Nature’s Raw Power © Russell C. Poole

Yet despite an ominous beginning to the day the evening produced one of the most spectacular sunsets we have experienced in recent memory.

Evening Finale, sunset, clouds, orange, gold, birds in flight, spring, MD
Evening Finale © Russell C. Poole

Peter Plant, artist, en plein aire, Barn Tour, 2008

N.O.A.A. Weather currently forecasts a slight possibility of isolated storms but the general forecast is for a near seasonable weather pattern throughout the next week, a good reason to get outside and enjoy all our area has to offer. A suggestion for those of you interested in architecture, old buildings, or preservation is the annual Barn Stormers Tour put on by Frederick County Landmarks. It will be held this Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and focuses on “The Barns of Glade Valley” in the Walkersville / Woodsboro vicinity. Information about the event and how to obtain tickets can be found here on the lower section of the page. Enjoy a great day outside, see some fascinating local history, and support a great cause.

Local Artist Peter Plant creates an en plein air piece during the 2008 Barn Stormers Tour. © Russell C. Poole

Hope to see you there!