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April 21, 2017

Photographer walks among wildflowers near Markham

© Douglas Graham photos
Mother Nature has painted a spectacular spring landscape at the G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area near Markham in Northern Fauquier.

The 4,000-acre preserve has “one of the largest stands of large-flowered and painted Trillium in the Mid-Atlantic,” notes photographer Doug Graham of nearby Bluemont.

Doug spent some time Thursday afternoon walking and photographing at Thompson.

In addition to the wildflowers, his images include:

• Tiger swallowtail butterfly working to gather nectar from a trillium.

• An Eastern Towhee singing and looking for a mate.

• An American Robin doing the same.

• A Pileated Woodpecker looking for food.

A veteran photojournalist and nature photographer, Doug operates Wild Light Photos and works for LoudounNow.

He grew up in the Tidewater community of West Point, started his career at Woodstock in the Shenandoah Valley, moved to The Loudoun Times-Mirror and then to Capitol Hill as a photojournalist and photo editor.

The Trillium will peak Saturday, according to Doug.

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