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Best photos of 2006

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Around Virginia

The Peers house, on the northeast side of Appomattox, where the final skirmish took place on the morning of April 9, 1865. (Mar. 19)

Closeup of Princess. (Apr. 7)

I saw quite a number of these purple flowers, which I later learned are called "Birds-on-the-wing," along Chimney Hollow trail, while conducting the Big Spring Day bird census. (Apr. 29)

Violet flower 2

Goldfinch (male), at window feeder. (Apr. 27)

Mary Gray Hill (left) and Betsy Bell Hill (right), as seen from the north side of Fishersville, a few miles to the east of Staunton. (June 3)

South Dakota

Beautiful old Gothic-style church near Volin, South Dakota. (July 8)

Killdeer on "nest," Vermillion, South Dakota. (July 15)


Red spotted newt (immature "eft" stage, about 3 inches long), on the Chimney Hollow Trail near West Augusta, VA. (July 29)

Glossy ibis, southeast Rockingham County. (Aug. 3)

Baltimore & Washington

Dramatic panorama view of the "roller coaster" roof profile of RFK Stadium, as seen from the upper deck in right center field. The Washington Nationals beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 6-2. (July 2, 2006)

Birds seen at the National Zoo in Washington and the National Aquarium in Baltimore. (Aug. 4, 5)

Zoo bird montage

Tropical fish, coral, and sea anenomes, at Baltimore's National Aquarium. (Aug. 5)

Tropical fish, coral, and sea anenomes

The USS Constellation is anchored in the Inner Harbor, as seen from the top of Baltimore's World Trade Center. (Aug. 5)

USS Constellation, Inner Harbor, volcano

The main entry to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, on the southwest side of the stadium. (Aug. 5)

Camden Yards main entry

* Hall of Famer Frank Robinson being interviewed before a Nationals vs. Mets game at RFK Stadium just after it was announced he would not be returning as the Nationals' manager next year. (Sept. 30)

* Mets first baseman Julio Franco hitting a home run, the oldest man (48) ever to do so; CLICK ON IT to see a closeup. (Sept. 30)


A B-17 Flying Fortress at the Manassas Regional Airport. (Aug. 27)


Just a few of the many honored veterans in the Veterans Day parade; City Councilman Dickie Bell is third from the left in the second row. (Nov. 11)