Our local Microbiome is going public! I’ll be one of the artists in residence for the 2020 Arlington Art truck. More about the Arlington Art Truck program can be found here.
Greetings From Our Microbiome!
In June and July of 2020, I’ll be in various locations around Arlington, Virginia interacting with my community and encouraging them to engage in our microbiome. I will have 5 different postcards available to color, each depicting the microorganisms I found in a unique local water source.
If you don’t have time to color there will be full-color souvenir postcards available to take home too. We’ll even have stamps so you can write a message mail your postcards out to anyone you want!
Barcroft Bog is a magnolia bog, a type of environment endemic to the mid-Atlantic seaboard area. Magnolia bogs are characterized by the presence of Magnolia virginiana, commonly known as swamp magnolia trees. These are truly rare and gravely endangered ecosystems, with fewer than 30 existing in the entire world.
Bluemont Cattail Pond
Much of Arlington, Virginia was once wetlands, comprised of tidal basins and ephemeral water sources. Commonly called vernal pools for their appearance in spring, Arlington is filled with temporary ponds. Bluemont Cattail Pond has formed in the last decade and is a good example of the ever-changing water landscape we live with.
Carlin Springs is one of the many natural springs in Arlington. These springs once served as spa resorts for nearby Washington D.C. residents to escape the heat and pollution of the district. At one time this site hosted an ice cream parlor, swimming hole, dance pavilion, and restaurant.
Four Mile Run
Actually 9.4 miles long, Four Mile Run is a large stream that runs through Arlington and its neighboring communities. It is a tributary to the Potomac River and is accompanied by extensive parklands and trails.
The Potomac River
The Potomac River is the major waterway of the region. Arlington sits along the fall line of the Piedmont/Coastal Plain where local streams and creeks flow toward the Potomac and out to the Chesapeake Bay. Although the Potomac River technically isn’t in Arlington it influences the local biome in both big and small ways.