I take a lot of photos. These are the few that are either really good photos or have lots of meaning—the best photos of 2019. All photos by R. Whitescarver and copyrighted except as noted.
The Really Good Swoope Hope Photos
Our Home. Meadowview in Swoope, Virginia.
Looking North. From the top of the hill behind the house.
Tree Swallow in Swoope
White-Tailed Deer in Swoope
Honey Bee and Crabapple
Yummo! The best homegrown tomato sandwich of the year. German Green tomato on tomato bread from Panera Bread. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Pollinators on Common Milkweed
Monarch Caterpillar in Swoope
Buckeye on Boneset
Pictures With Lots of Hope and Meaning
Rising Seas. Grandson Conley with Neal on a sandbar in Casco Bay, Maine.
Environmental Justice for Union Hill. Courtroom 1 of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. The Union Hill air permit case, Friends of Buckingham v. Virginia Air Board was heard here on October 29, 2019.
The Future of Conservation. My JMU ISAT students laying out contour lines.
Change of Command. My brother Paul at his Change of Command ceremony at the New London Submarine Base. Wife Katie is at his side and his son, Garrett, stands behind. His admiral is far left with the governor of Connecticut and a U.S. Representative next to him.
Hope for a Baby. The Bald Eagles of Swoope nested on Hoffman Farms this year and fledged one baby.
Building Soil Health. Rotational grazing in Swoope.
Harvesting Sunshine, Feed, and Fertilizer in Swoope
Three Legs. We rescued Val’s full brother, Raymond Wilson, this year.
Therapy Dog. Raymond Wilson during his Therapy Dog International certification. He passed without taking the six-week course.
Swoope Hope Photo of the Year. Four stellar leaders at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Merrill Center, the world’s first LEED platinum building: (from left) Jackie Shannon, Virginia’s oyster restoration manager for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Jon Mueller, vice president for litigation; Jeanne Trimble Hoffman, trustee of the foundation; and D. Keith Campbell, trustee of the foundation and shepherd for so many of us.
In Her Element. Jeanne, Princess of Swoope, doing her thing—talking to the babysitter cow and calves.
Swoope Hope Photos of Trees
Restoration American Chestnut 1.0 Leaves. Notice the cresting-wave serrations on the leaf margins.
Riparian Forest Buffer on Middle River. This is a drone photo of our river farm taken by Mike Corrigan.
Tree Planting in Smith Creek Watershed. Chesapeake Bay Foundation volunteers planted over 300 native hardwood trees along this tributary of Smith Creek in Rockingham County, Virginia.
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