November 26, 2014
Today was our first real snow of the season. Predictions sounded a bit worrisome, because 5 to 8 inches of snow can cause traffic problems and power outages. While there were some of both, I was not affected very much. Our power only flickered, and although I did go out this afternoon, the traffic was not unbearable. Temperatures were above freezing so snow on the roads melted fairly quickly.
I had put out extra bird food yesterday so the little creatures showed up today to reward me by posing for pictures.
Sharing with: Reconnect with Nature
November 25, 2014
Sharing with: Good, Random, and Fun.
|Teach Children to Be Kind to Animals|
|Trees near, Boyce, Virginia|
|Peggy, Marie, Lynn|
It's always fun to get together with my daughters and my sister. Here we are at John's Family Restaurant in Rippon, WV. (Marie and Lynn refused to smile because they think I take too many pictures. It's kind of a family joke!)
November 24, 2014
|In Sperryville, VA|
Mural Design and Artwork Created by StudentsFrom Belle Meade, Hearthstone, and R.C.E.S.Rappahannock County, Virginia
"With this vision we unite all people of the world through a common pledge. This community art project created to honor Earth Day, was designed to emphasize the urgent need for continued environmental and wildlife conservation for all life forms, many of which are already endangered or on the verge of extinction. It is intended to recognize and support the National Park Service, as well as other countless organizations and individuals in our communities that dedicate efforts to preserving and protecting nature. Illustrated here are only several of the over 500 known or likely known species native to the Shenandoah National Park and surrounding areas which can be found listed in the Biota of Virginia Database as a “Concern for Conservation” by the Virginia Fish and Wildlife Information Service or vafwis.org. We encourage others around the globe to come together in celebration and commitment and use this mural as a template to illustrate the myriad of endangered species native to their own parks and backyards."
You can actually see photos of children working on the mural on the Living Sky website.
Sharing with: Monday Murals
November 23, 2014
In honor of Lynn's birthday, I'm posting a couple of old portraits of her. I took these photos back when I was taking a class in Studio Lighting at Northern Virginia Community College. (I took many photo classes there.)
Later I learned that she thought she was unattractive as a teenager! It seems sad that she did not realize she was pretty.
Sharing with: Weekend No Rules Blog Hop
November 22, 2014
November 21, 2014
It's been unusually cold for November. I spotted this frozen fountain in Strasburg, but got to wondering after I took the picture: "Is it real?" I mean, it could be some sort of holiday decoration!
I did not want to enter someone's yard to find out. What do you think?
Sharing with: Skywatch Friday
November 20, 2014
Wardensville is in West Virginia but it's less than 30 miles from home. It's the first town we reach after we cross the mountain on Route 55.
This picture of the Visitor Center is unremarkable but I'm including it for two reasons.
- It has a fence, qualifying it for the Good Fences blog hop.
- It introduces the second photo!
I love the weather vane that's on top of the Visitor Center. I'm sharing this with Look Up, Look Down.
Next door is a cute shop that sells coffee, crafts, and collectibles.
November 19, 2014
|Stephens City, VA|
Sharing with: Signs, Signs
November 18, 2014
November 17, 2014
|Burner's Massanutten Heights|
Our pretty autumn weather may be over but I still have plenty of pictures left to share. These are from October 26, when we took a walk on the Storybook Trail to a spectacular overlook on Massanutten Mountain. Below us was Page Valley.
This trail is popular with families because it's paved and it's only a quarter of a mile to the top. There are interpretive signs telling about the geology of the mountains.
See my 2011 posts about this trail: A Walk Up Storybook Trail and View from the Top.
|Looking Down on U.S. 211|
Sharing with: The Barn Collective
This delightful mural is on the side wall of Rappahannock County High School, Virginia. You can see it from US 211 if the school buses aren't blocking your view.
Oh, there are giant paw prints on the asphalt! Whose? Well, it turns out that the team is named the Panthers.
|High School near the town of Washington, Virginia|
Sharing with: Monday Murals