The featured photo, our Christmas wreath—a species of moon lichen with an anomalous hole in the center caused, says Devin Floyd, by some event or condition at the site—was photographed on a rock at the Quarry Gardens in July by Robert Llewellyn. ​Bob has been photographing nature for more than 40 years; more than 30 books featuring his photography are in print. Among them are Remarkable Trees of VirginiaSeeing Trees, and the latest, The Living Forest: A Visual Journey into the Heart of the Woods. We thank him for this delightful image, and for being a friend of the Quarry Gardens.

During the past year, a number of other artists  have also visited and shared their work with us. Here is a sampling:

Steve Edgar caught this brooding image of the north quarries wall last summer when he visited from Northern Virginia. Steve has a special interest in abandoned America, and constantly experiments with techniques to take viewers deeper into the sites he photographs.

Rhonda Roebuck brought a group from Flower Camp to sketch in April, and returned this image of quarry walls, from which trees seem to be able to grow from even the narrowest ledge. Rhonda teaches nature journaling—how to capture both small wonders and scenic landscapes.

Melissa Dicker organized a June evening meet-up and picnic here for members of the Northern Virginia Sierra Club. She captured this image of the north quarry bridge, then had fun with it at  home using PRIMZA filters.


Lee Wood caught both a black swallowtail nectaring on butterfly weed and a great spangled fritillary on bee balm on a trip around the quarries in August.


It is a joy to see what others see when they visit the Quarry Gardens. We look forward to hosting more artists in 2018.

In the meantime, enjoy these beautiful holidays!