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Goodwill Tree at Tanglewood Mall {Goodwill Industries of the Val

Don’t throw out your artificial tree or decorations! Donate them to charity instead.

Before throwing out your old artificial Christmas tree consider donating it to charity. Gently used Christmas trees are welcome by charities such as Goodwill and The Salvation Army. Doing so helps those who are less fortunate, keeps the trees out of landfills, and may qualify as a tax deduction.

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Fall Foliage {Fred Baker Photography}

Fall Foliage Peak Color State Hotlines and National Map

The U.S. Forest Service’s fall color hotline is not being updated due to the partial government shutdown. For updates check individual state web sites, hotlines, and current national fall foliage map by The Weather Channel.

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Mount Rogers Virginia Area {Mount Rogers Christmas Tree Farm (2008)}

Mount Rogers Christmas Tree Farm and the Federal Government Partial Shutdown

Mount Rogers Christmas Tree Farm has provided Fraser Fir trees to a governor, senator, and now this year to the Vice President- provided the partial shutdown of the federal government is resolved.

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The Enchanted Forest- Flow 3 {Graham Smith (2012)}

Scotland’s Enchanted Forest Light and Sound Show

The Enchanted Forest, the one of myth and legend (maybe), reappears this Friday. Faskally Wood is once again transformed by a spectacular light and sound show. Located outside of Pitlochry, in the heart of Scotland, the show is in it’s 11th year with yet another brilliant artistic theme. You wouldn’t believe it until you see it.

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Arizona Fall Foliage

Autumn In Arizona: Why It’s Better Than Vermont

Arizona Highways magazine’s October issue was due to challenge Vermont’s claim to spectacular fall foliage. But the presses were stopped, but not before Vermont Life magazine fired back.

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Pot Pie in Her Cat Tree {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Pot Pie’s Playhouse

Happenstance led Nona’s cat Pot Pie to acquiring a new playhouse. A 4.5 foot cat tree that allows her to lord over Nona’s apartment, and therefore get coverage in my blog. Read on to learn more of Pot Pie and cat trees.

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Intergalactic Fire and Ice Christmas Tree 1.0 Medium Shot {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Intergalactic Fire & Ice Christmas Tree Version 2.0: Planning the Tree Skirt

Last year’s Intergalactic Fire & Ice Christmas Tree was my first formal effort at designing a Christmas tree for featuring on The Tree Topper. I encountered many problems and the results were not up to my standards. While it is a beautiful tree, it can be better. Much better. For example, it needs an equally amazing tree skirt.

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Unknown Outdoor Public Display {David Anthony Hall (2013)}

#TreePorn by Fine Art Photographer David Anthony Hall (Senezio)

David Anthony Hall is a British photographer whose self-describe interest “lies in capturing the natural environment that exudes presence of a powerful past.” His fine art prints of trees are as large as they are beautiful.

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Trident Maple {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

First Visit to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

A few weeks ago I made my first visit to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the National Arboretum here in Washington, DC. I was there primarily to cover a bonsai workshop the museum was conducting. While at the museum I took then time to enjoy and learn about the marvelous bonsai and penjing on display.

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Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at The Christmas Attic {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Christmas in July in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia 2013

This past weekend was the fourth annual Christmas in July Celebration on Union Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The event featured Mr. and Mrs. Claus and fun activities for the whole family.

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