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Mark VanDyke
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Ankles deep in coastal sand; high atop Appalachian peaks; seeking the unusual, pressing expensive buttons, and sharing fine art landscapes with you!
Ankles deep in coastal sand; high atop Appalachian peaks; seeking the unusual, pressing expensive buttons, and sharing fine art landscapes with you!

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Three's a hat trick! Third month placing a photograph in Our State Magazine. Honored to contribute a photograph of the Grays Lily up on Engine Bald in the Roan Highlands in this month's, June 2016 issue of Our State!
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Our State Magazine's May 2016 Coastal Issue...placed an image of the Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet in the Outer Banks! Thanks to everyone at the mag for the opportunity and to everyone here for keeping my work relevant!
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Honored to have another opportunity to contribute to Our State Magazine in the April 2016 issue!
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Bull Run Occoquan Trail in Northern Virginia
Suburban Washington D.C. Hiking Trail
Fairfax County, Northern Virginia
Accessed via Bull Run Regional Park
Date taken: April 22, 2015

Designated as a National Recreational Trail (NRT) in 2006, the Bull Run Occoquan Trail traverses eighteen miles of tributary streams to the Occoquan River (itself a tributary of the Potomac River). Four regional parks in Northern Virginia are connected via this natural surface greenway trail, including Bull Run Regional Park pictured here. The Bluebell Trail--a one-mile loop trail off the main--is essentially located on a flood plain, the perfect mix of attributes for the largest occurance of Virginia Bluebell wildflowers in the state, decorating the ground in early spring before the forest canopy above matures and blocks sunlight from hitting the forest floor. These wildflowers are known as spring ephemerals.

As the suburbs of the Nation's capital have grown in both reach and density, these greenways are increasingly important features for residents and wildlife alike. Not to mention that trails and wildflowers like these draw me out of the high mountains and up from the coastal beaches to enjoy the seasonal beauty of the Piedmont Province and my own backyard!

Spring is coming folks! Keep your eyes and ears attuned to the changes and get outside to enjoy the seasonal shift!
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New workshop! Ever been to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the Spring? I'm excited to be partnering with +Mountainstoseaworkshops to co-instruct the "Spring in the Smokies" group workshop this April 2016! You in? Find more details over at Mountains to Sea Workshops: http://mountainstoseaworkshops.com/package/great-smoky-mountains/.
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The reasons why I quit contributing to microstock agencies.
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It's a new year and Mark VanDyke Photography needed a facelift to freshen up as well. Check out the new website design and let me know what you think!
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15 for 2015: fifteen images for the year of Mark VanDyke Photography. Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
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Autumn was a tough go this year. Lots of travel, lots of work, and very few takes. It was great and disappointing in equal measures.
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From the Field:  Cape Cod National Seashore September 2015
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