In January 2012, my husband and I moved to a small farm in southwestern Virginia nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountain chains. While building our new home, we had many encounters with wildlife, such as the time we were lucky enough to catch three bear cubs backing down a tree in our back yard! The cubs were eventually reunited with their mother who had stashed them up in the tree where they would be safe while she went hunting for their breakfast. (Did I run for my camera, you ask? I wish I could say yes, but I  was glued to the spot and could only watch, mesmerized, until they disappeared!)

Living among all kinds of wildlife, making daily “field trips” by stepping outside our door, here at Autumn Song we feel a close relationship with our wild neighbors. I created this blog to journalize my observations of the marvels of nature that shape our environment and enrich our lives, and share those experiences with others. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing it! My goal is to publish a new post every week.

About Me

Before I retired, I worked for two conservation non-profits in the areas of development and media communications. These opportunities gave me a great sense of satisfaction and helped me sharpen my writing skills so that I could better communicate my appreciation of nature. I have also written several articles about birds and other wildlife for such magazines as Virginia Wildlife, Birder’s World, Bird Watcher’s Digest, and Washingtonian. Currently, in addition to blogging, I am a volunteer and Board Member of Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden in Lexington, Virginia.

My email address is joannabellva@gmail.com. I welcome your feedback!

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  1. Hello – I just saw your blog on the Nature Blog Network’s newest member newsletter. I hurried over to take a look because I’m a nature blogger in Portland, Oregon, but I grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. Those mountains occupy a special place in my heart. I think I’ll be stopping by here frequently to see what’s happening. I like your format, and the monthly notes pages is a great idea. Thanks for providing a connection to “back home”!

      • Hi Jo Ann, Tracked you back from (sorry, not really sure; there’s been several leaps from stone to stone at this point; ) but anyway, sure glad I did: ) Left you a note on ForagePorage’s version of your “Pioneer Plants”. Great article – LOVE that kind of (loaded with interesting information) stuff!

        • Thanks, Deb. I’m always happy to hear when someone thinks my blog is informative. I really enjoy doing the blog, but my real aim is to pass on information and foster an appreciation for nature. Most of the blogs I follow are those where I can learn something new. If you want to have future posts sent to your email inbox, you can enter your email address in the box to the right on the Home page. Anyway, thanks for visiting and commenting!

  2. Hi Jo Ann, thanks for stopping by my blog at Backyard Biology. It’s always fun to read about what is happening in other parts of the country, and I look forward to learning more about Virginia natural history.

  3. Hi Sue. Yes, that’s one of the great things about blogs – you get to see some of the wonderful things others are doing while sharing your own stories. Thanks so much for following my blog!

  4. Thanks for stopping by to see me at quietambitions today! I am SO glad I came over here to check you out–your photos are gorgeous and really speak of the peace that can only be found with a mountain in view! How blessed are you to see it every day?! Jealous over here, for sure. :~)

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    • It’s great to find another blogger in my neck of the woods. I think we’re interested in the same things so I’m following your blog, too, hoping to learn more about all the things in our environment that enrich our lives.

    • Thanks so much for the follow. I have followers in Sweden, Finland, Great Britain, and now, Germany! I enjoyed your photographs, especially some of the very creative nighttime shots.

      • glad to receive such detailed and warm-hearted reply…just reading my wp-messages this very ugly winterstorm night…spring is just 5 days away…just doing my night owl job (actual local time: 3 am), last mini walkie with my elder 2 collies…
        g8 &…have a great day, dear Jo Ann

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