October 5, 2015

One View, Changing Constantly

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I shared some pictures from my Moultrie Trail Camera before. These are not as exciting as the bear picture but they give an impression of what the camera captures. It is motion-activated but sometimes a simple thing like a branch moving in the wind sets it off. I had to click through hundreds of images of the tree to find pictures that are interesting.

The combined image above consists of nine scenes from late July through September. The single picture looks uninteresting until you see the bird. Let's zoom in on it.
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Rural Scenes at Dearmont Hall

Our tour of Dearmont included a look at the rural landscape around it.  These beautiful horses were served dinner while we were there.

A building that I thought was a garden house turned out to be an old ice house. In the days before refrigeration, ice was put in this cellar during the winter with layers of straw to protect it from heat during summer months. Of course, it helps that underground temperatures stay cool all year.

Shelves were built in this stone-walled room for holding butter and other items that needed to be kept cold.

The gentleman who went down the ladder to shine a light around was from the Clarke County Historical Association. Unfortunately his flashlight broke so he used the light from his cell phone.

October 4, 2015

Shadow Shot and a Revolutionary War Hero

Two weeks ago we took advantage of a historical tour at Dearmont Hall in White Post, Virginia. The final stop on the tour was this marker on a hill for a Revolutionary War officer. 
"Here lies the body of Major Lawrence Butler who departed this life on the 1st May 1811 in the 56th year of his age..."
We learned that Major Butler had owned and lived on the property before the current home was built, and that the marker was probably not in it's original location. The marker is in excellent condition.

October 3, 2015

Caterpillar and Butterflies

It's been raining for several days now. Last weekend was cloudy but we got out for some adventures. On Saturday we crossed the mountains for Hardy County Heritage Days and then in the evening we drove in the other direction to Professor Poland's home in Chantilly for a reunion picnic of his long-running Civil War Field Trips.  Then on Sunday we went to some Farm Tour events in Rappahannock County. That's where I photographed this caterpillar.

With luck this little critter will turn into a butterfly.

Speaking of butterflies, I have some pictures of butterflies I took this summer. They are feeding on milkweed, which is not the most ornamental plant but which is now being appreciated because it attracts butterflies.

By the way, the heavy rains today did not keep us from going out to events. We went to Millwood for Art at the Mill and also visited two other art shows nearby.

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Reflected Fountain

October 2, 2015

October's Orange

Red and yellow combined is orange.
Rich in these colors is October,
Glowing, the bright flames of Autumn.

Five Scenes in West Virginia

I've enjoy going to West Virginia since I was a child. The mountain scenery is so pretty! I still have pictures left from our visit there on Saturday so here are five for Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday.

1. Does this first scene remind you of a John Denver song? Country roads... take me home...

2. I've written about Lost River before as a place I went as a child. Lost River is the name of a river, a community, and a state park. This sign refers to the community, which is not incorporated but which has an art gallery, some historic buildings, and a couple of restaurants. 
"Settled before 1750. Nearby was Riddle’s Fort, frontier outpost. Here Battle of Lost River was fought in 1756 between company of Virginia frontiersmen under Captain Jeremiah Smith and band of 50 French and Indians."

3. I grew up thinking of West Virginia as all mountains and rural scenes. I was aware that there were coal mines, of course, but I didn't see much of industry there as a child. 

4. West Virginia has a reputation of being a poor state, partly because it struggles in comparison to Virginia. Many young people leave to find opportunities in other states. I've had friends from West Virginia who say "it's a good place to be from." But they also call it "God's Country" because it is so beautiful, and it represents a place of refuge.

5. I've known people who moved to West Virginia because they love it! And there are signs of growth and a thriving art scene. And here, literally, we see a sign of community involvement, a protest in Wardensville:

Public Safety before Paddle Boats... Fix the Culverts.

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October 1, 2015

A Nice Dog

Near White Post, Virginia
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The October theme on City Daily Photo is "Shelter." I couldn't think of something original so I decided to go back to basics.

In Tauxemont, Fairfax County, VA
This is the house where I grew up. It was built after World War II as part of a housing boom that took place in the suburbs surrounding Washington, DC. My parents had moved to Northern Virginia after my dad started working for the Veteran's Administration.

The house was a sturdy cinderblock structure with metal-framed windows. Originally it had three bedrooms but my parents had a contractor add a fourth bedroom with bath and a family room.

We had a half-acre lot featuring tall oak trees and flowering dogwoods. This was home.

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September 30, 2015

Canada Geese in Motion

I enjoy watching the Canada Geese when they fly or land. I'm not very skilled at photographing them when they are flying, I'm afraid. They move more swiftly than I can focus, or perhaps they are faster than my shutter. It doesn't help that mist from the pond forms a haze.

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Crossing Lost River


September 29, 2015

Guard Dogs at Work


Frank told me last year that he'd like to have the chance to hold a baby lamb. Well, he got his chance on Sunday during the Rappahannock County Farm Tour.

Our very first stop was Over Jordan Farm, also known as Bean Hollow Grassfed. They had day-old lamb twins, and the farmer let us hold one. Isn't he cute?


The farm has three large dogs who keep the sheep safe from bears and coyotes. Although these predators sound fearsome, the farmer said that a bigger threat to the sheep are tiny parasites.

The farm is a demonstration farm for rotational grazing. The objective is to actually improve the soil while raising healthy animals. We've run into a similar practice a few years ago on a farm tour in Warren County.

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and Through My Lens

September 28, 2015

Wardensville Random-osity

The Good: For Heritage Weekend, the town of Wardensville put up signs telling the stories of various buildings. This made for an interesting walking tour. (You can click on the image to see it larger.)

The second building in this combined image is now an arts center. We enjoyed seeing the work of some very talented artists.

The Random: In the Star Mercantile, I found a couple of murals. The longer one has a cut-thru in the lower left, revealing a room behind it.  The other one is partially obscured by a display shelf.

The Fun: Frank found a friend in the mercantile!

September 27, 2015

The View from Baughman Settlement Road

This country road is off Old Route 55 between Wardensville and Baker, WV.

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