Kaitlyn Dolan


An aerial view of Tangier, Va., on June 5, 2018. Tangier sits just a few feet above sea level and is shrinking every year, putting the unique culture that exists on the island in jeopardy of vanishing within the next 50-100 years. 

Lotus Leaves

Lotus leaves in Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. 

Great Blue Heron

A great blue heron searches for food in Mulberry Creek in Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County, Va., on June 16, 2018. Great blue herons are the largest herons in North America, with a wingspan of 6–7 feet.


SouthWings Flight over the Rappahannock River June 5, 2018.

Green Roofs

he Savage Volunteer Fire Company, a LEED Silver certified building, features a green roof and solar array which the firefighters say reduce their electric bill by 33 percent. Green roof benefits range from reducing stormwater runoff, increasing habitat for wildlife and aid in mitigating the urban heat island effect. Sedum is a low profile plant in the succulent family that is great at retaining moisture. Because of this, it’s one of the most common type of plants found on green roofs.


An aerial view of East Point on Tangier, Va., on June 5, 2018.


Cambridge Solar in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on June 5, 2018. Cambridge Solar’s 14,326 photovoltaic cells provides 40% of the National Aquarium’s annual electricity needs. 

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Located along some of the few remaining original wetlands on the Anacostia River, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens was created by Civil War veteran Walter Shaw, who used paths to separate the ponds from the tidal marsh. Shaw’s daughter, Helen, later fought against the destruction of the gardens, and after successfully lobbying congress, the gardens became part of Anacostia Park. Kenilworth features lotuses and 20 varieties of lilies—including some transported by Shaw from Maine.

Belle Isle State Park

Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County, Va. on June 16, 2018. 

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