James River Water Levels

Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 5.05'
Flow: 4970 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 11:12pm
Low Tide: 6:24pm

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Scott Turner

The I, the We and the Soreness – Experiment at the Homestead

Today, I love the feeling of sore muscles.  Sore muscles today means heavily used muscles yesterday. Something so physiologically heavy happened that my body continues to tell the story. I …

By Scott Turner | August 17, 2017 | Posted In: Environment

The Heart of Larus Park

Pink Ribbons – Trouble for Larus Park You don’t need to tell an arborist what a pink ribbon wrapped around a tree means. Rarely does it mean “this is a …

By Scott Turner | July 31, 2017 | Posted In: Uncategorized

Notes from an Arborist: How to Stay Safe When the Wind Blows

I’ve known Andy Thompson since his RTD days, and when he launched Richmond Outside I eagerly offered myself to him as a “contributing arborist.” In the several subsequent years, I …

By Scott Turner | July 18, 2016 | Posted In: Environment, Uncategorized

48 Hours

The current of life is unrelenting in an East Coast metropolis. Even as I vainly grasp for an isolated moment, the urgent flow pulls my attention downstream. In full servitude …

By Scott Turner | May 10, 2016 | Posted In: Features, Fishing

Bad Fruit?

My daughters aren’t very young anymore. Or maybe you wouldn’t agree. They can still tally their  earth years using the original abacus- human digits. Shouldn’t one be considered young, you …

By Scott Turner | March 23, 2016 | Posted In: Features

Forest Sunset

At the end of an earth day, when the intensity of light and heat fades, just above the western horizon an observant human is allowed to see the softer shades …

By Scott Turner | December 11, 2015 | Posted In: Features

Sweet Virginia Breeze

What’s the difference between a sweet breeze and a foul wind? A foul wind is what all of us in Richmond almost encountered a couple of weeks back when Hurricane …

By Scott Turner | October 19, 2015 | Posted In: Features

Silver Lining

The hole in my canopy is bigger than I thought it would be.  The missing tree was a real stand out.  Not like those others –  those scrawny natives thronging …

By Scott Turner | July 23, 2015 | Posted In: Features

The Sermon on the Creek  

Naturally, I was interested when I got the news that my daughter’s 7th grade class was going on a field trip. Not to a museum, this time. Or to a …

By Scott Turner | June 1, 2015 | Posted In: Environment, Features, James River, Paddling

Space Invaders

Wheresoever we landed upon this river we saw the goodliest woods, as beech, oak, cedar, cypress, walnuts, sassafras . . . and all the grounds bespread with many sweet and …

By Scott Turner | May 6, 2015 | Posted In: Features

City Hall: Make The Climb For Richmond’s Top Vista

January in Richmond was a wet month.  Cold and wet.  February in Richmond has also been highlighted by an abundance of H2O, but the coldness has deepened to the point …

By Scott Turner | March 4, 2015 | Posted In: Features

My Friends

Any small warmth I enjoyed while the sun teetered atop its lazy winter zenith tumbles now with its maker towards the southwest horizon. The bright one leaves center stage, the …

By Scott Turner | January 26, 2015 | Posted In: Features

Confessions of a Tree-Sacrificing Arborist

Blue smoke rising from my chimney is snatched, hurled over the roof and down, by a strong gust from the north. The wisp of uncombusted wood eddies in air prison …

By Scott Turner | December 24, 2014 | Posted In: Features

Wounded heart

So if you find a big old beech tree in the woods, hacked by some love-struck boy with the outline of a heart and a girl’s initials in it, forgive …

By Scott Turner | November 13, 2014 | Posted In: Features

A Moonlit Float on the Silver James

Ralph White… In that brief, wordless pause your mind perhaps conjured up an image or formed some other association. If you work or play much in the Richmond outdoors you …

By Scott Turner | September 25, 2014 | Posted In: Features, James River

In the beginning…

After a week-long vacation to the Outer Banks of the North Carolina coastline, the proper appreciation of this forest sunrise requires not only an ocular adjustment but a mental one …

By Scott Turner | August 27, 2014 | Posted In: Features

It builds character

In a lot of ways it was a pretty crappy summer job. I dragged branches, picked up and loaded heavy pieces of tree trunk, hustled and sweated, and dragged myself …

By Scott Turner | July 28, 2014 | Posted In: Features

A Few Good Trees

The James River spills out from the Blue Ridge Mountains like a drunkard from a hillside bar after last call. Wandering, turning back on itself, tipping and swaying towards any …

By Scott Turner | June 18, 2014 | Posted In: Features, James River

Surprised by the same

Something seems different today. The same old receiving line of trees along Cary Street Road measures my progress toward The Fan, but today this rank and file of Plant Kingdom …

By Scott Turner | May 20, 2014 | Posted In: Features

The shape of energy

Hot, bright, and dancing, the surface of the sun is an explosion of energy hurling visible flares of incandescent plasma millions of miles into space. While these flares and other gaseous …

By Scott Turner | March 24, 2014 | Posted In: Features
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