February 9, 2016

Vintage Vessels

After Snowzilla

My trail camera recorded enough images of the snow to show how it receded. Since the camera was tied on a post, the images look similar.  I selected one from each day starting January 24. I made that the big image and the other ones start on the top left and go across and then down. By the last picture, the ground is starting to show.  I think all the afternoons in late January had temperature above freezing so the snow just melted down. Even now the ground out there is wet and muddy.

You can see a squirrel in several of the images. I wanted to make him more visible to you so I cropped one of them.

February 8, 2016

Random-osity for February 8

The Good: Here's a nice mural in Luray, Virginia.  It depicts the White House Ferry that operated on the South Fork of the Shenandoah from 1870 to 1910. There's a sign on the right that tells us the story of the ferry. (Sharing with Monday Murals.)

The Random: I own a townhouse in Woodstock, Virginia and the tenants are moving out because they are purchasing a house. This is a nice 2-story home across from Fort Valley Nursery and it will be available on April 1st. (Details here.)

The Fun: I guess my idea of fun is pretty tame! I enjoyed arranging these images for Mosaic Monday.  The pictures are from my trail cam. Can you guess what they are?

They show what happened when I placed the trail camera within reach of tall decorative grasses. The fronds were not in front of the lens when I fastened the camera to a post but from time to time they blew in front of it. Since it is set to take a picture when movement is detected, it went off, even at night.

The Case of the Shape-Shifting Barn

Shenandoah County, Virginia
From the end of Hisey Avenue, this small barn looks compact and unassuming. But turn the corner and look back: it seems to have grown into a different couple of buildings.

Sharing with The Barn Collective

February 7, 2016

A Walk Near Skyline High School

The road to the dog park is still closed due to flooding, so today we took Flash to the other end of the Eastham Park trail next to Skyline High School. The trail winds down a hill to the South Fork of the Shenandoah, but before you reach the river you pass under a railroad underpass. Recently it was closed but today it was passable if you didn't mind getting your shoes wet. 

Water from rapidly melting snow was running through the narrow underpass but on one side it was only one to two inches deep. Frank was not wearing waterproof shoes so he waited for me while I walked through and down to the river to take a few pictures.

We saw a young girl splash through the tunnel on a skateboard. She was smiling.

We retraced our steps back to the car. Then we went to a gas station and filled up for $1.59 a gallon, the cheapest rate that we've paid in years.

Sharing with Shadow Shot Sunday

February 6, 2016

Squirrel Steals a Seed Block

Rose's Baby

I scanned this image from an enlargement that I printed way back when I was taking photo classes at NVCC.

The child's name is Jeffrey and his mother is one of my daughter's friends. I was pleased that he posed for me. What a cutie!

February 5, 2016

A Walk at Dickey Ridge

Yesterday the weather was decent so I drove Flash to the dog park — almost. As we approached, I could see the road was closed! It appeared to be flooded at the point where it passes under the railroad and there was a barricade across it. I turned the car around and decided to see if Skyline Drive was open. The entrance was only a short drive from where we were. That section of Shenandoah National Park had been closed for over a week due to the snowstorm, although the middle section had opened up a almost a week ago.

It turned out that the Drive was open so we headed for Dickey Ridge. On the way I stopped at the first overlook and looked out toward Front Royal. In the first picture you can see that view. The dog park is near the bend in the Shenandoah in the center of the photo. We continued up to Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, which is closed for the winter except for a couple of rest rooms.

The parking lot had been plowed and the snow on the lawn had either melted or been worn away by the deer who browse there. We walked around the Visitor Center and down to the road, then along the road to the entrance near the picnic area and then back across the parking lot to the car. The picnic area is closed and was still snowy. We didn't have a long walk but that didn't matter because the temperature was dropping and approaching the freezing point, so I was glad to get back in the car.

February 4, 2016

Snow, Mist, and Fences

Looking Toward the Massuntten Range from Strasburg Town Park 

I took these pictures a few days ago. Melting snow was evaporating into mist.

Most of the snow is gone now except for the mounds pushed up by snow plows.

Sharing with Good Fences

February 3, 2016

Bird Buddies

When harsh winter weather is predicted, I fill the bird feeders and even put out an extra feeder or too, such as this thistle sock. The birds reward me by letting me take their pictures from a window.

Tip: Keep your lens close to the window glass to avoid reflections. When possible, shoot straight through the glass, although you may be able to angle toward the side when light is not reflecting off the glass.
Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday

Trees in the Road, Reflected

Sharing with Wordless Wednesday and

February 2, 2016

Barns in the Rain and Snow

Happy Creek Swallows Its Banks

The snow is melting and that means water everywhere. Front Royal had 32 inches of snow, and now it's down to ankle-height.

Today I took these pictures of Happy Creek near the stadium. The creek is out of its banks.  With rain in the weather forecast, flooding is likely.

Sharing with NF Trees and Bushes

February 1, 2016

CDP Theme: Coffee Shop

It's the first of the month and time for City Daily Photo Theme Day. Merisi of Vienna selected the theme this time and her choice is "Scene from a Coffee House." Her city is known for its coffee shops, some of them very elegant. In contrast, the towns here have very few coffee shops, although plenty of coffee is sold in restaurants and gas stations. I can't think of a single elegant coffee house within an hour's drive. There used to be a "tea room" in Edinburg but it closed.

The first picture shows an actual coffee shop in Front Royal, located on a dark side street. The town also has a Starbucks out by the interstate, but their decaf is bitter so I don't go there. I'd rather buy coffee from a gas station! (I only drink decaf, unsweetened, and it has to be mild enough that it doesn't cause heartburn.)

The second photo shows a diner known for pancakes. Their coffee is drinkable but not great.

The remaining images include a rustic-style diner, a gas station coffee counter, and the entrance to that big-name coffee shop that I don't like.  I combined these photos for Mosaic Monday.