January 16, 2017

Mid-January Random-osity

The Good: Our beautiful Shenandoah Valley is full of productive farms. I used PhotoCollage to combine these scenes for the Barn Collective and Mosaic Monday
Click on the picture to see a larger version.
The Random: I saw this mural in a medical office in Front Royal. 

Sharing with Monday Murals
The Fun: This cute cat lives at the vet's office where we take Flash. Sometimes she helps out with data entry!

January 15, 2017

Three Winchester Snapshots

Winchester is in the northern part of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The population is around 27 thousand.
Inside Outback Steakhouse

This church is the Montague Avenue United Methodist Church. I'm sharing it with InSpired Sunday.

The vertical photo shows a small part of the Winchester Medical Center.

Shadow of Dried Flowers

Sharing with Shadow Shot Sunday and Black and White Weekend

January 14, 2017

Feeder Friends in January

I've been filling the bird feeders and the birds welcome my efforts. For those who don't live in the Mid-Atlantic states, our feeder friends include swallows, woodpeckers, goldfinches, chickadees, juncos, and cardinals. The starlings and squirrels visit too, but they aren't quite as welcome because they eat so much that the small birds don't get a fair chance!

Sharing with Saturday's Critters 

January 13, 2017

Five for Friday the 13th

I'm not superstitious about Friday the 13th but it's worth mentioning because it gives some folks a smile. Anyway, it is Friday already, so I have five pictures for blog linkups, including Five on Friday and Willy Nilly Friday

1. Skywatch Friday: Locals may recognize this as taken from a Sheetz Gas Station.

2.  Locals may recognize this one too. It's a view from Skyline Drive near Front Royal. I'm linking up with Mersad's Nature in Sleep challenge as well as Orange You Glad It's Friday.

3. Nature may be sleeping but Flash is doing a good job of it too! Note that we placed a step next to the couch because he seemed to struggle to jump up there. Then he climbed onto the back of it so he wouldn't miss anything that was going on. Then he went to sleep.

Once upon a time I kept dogs off the furniture. But eventually I gave up.

4. This isn't even the only cannon I saw with Christmas lights! 

Friday Greens
5. I thought I might need this for Facebook.

P.S. Just as I finished writing this post, something went wrong with my browser.  The blogging sidebar disappeared and I couldn't get it back! I had to close Chrome and go back in with Safari to add the labels to my post. Perhaps the troll was causing mischief – or was it Friday the 13th?!

January 12, 2017

Strasburg Fences and Scenes

Strasburg, Virginia, lies along the North Fork of the Shenandoah. The Valley Pike (US 11) runs through town, as does Virginia Route 55.

The store on the left has closed. I heard that a brewery is moving into that space.

January 10, 2017

The Dog Next Door

Two Barns and an Old Store

This farm near Toms Brook almost disappears behind a hill as you draw close to it. I took a second picture of the silo so you can see it better.

The next one is not far from Cedar Creek. I'm linking up with the Barn Collective.  Tom has some beautiful snow scenes there today!

Finally we have the old store at Waterlick. Until a few years ago it had a overhang that eventually was taken down by some truck that ran into it. I remember when the store was open. My goodness, I stopped there about 40 years ago to pick up a can opener when we went camping in Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area. I had forgotten to pack that essential item! 

Sharing with Tuesday Treasures

January 9, 2017

Randoms on a Cold Monday

The Good: Frank seems to have found some good tenants for his house in Woodstock. They really love the house!

The Random: Lately I've been been running out of wall-art to share with Monday Murals but last week I happened to see one in the Whole Foods parking lot in Charlottesville. And just as I walked toward it with my camera, one of the cars parked in front of it pulled away so I almost got a full view. After I snapped the picture, I realized that a man was patiently waiting for me so he could pull his car into the spot! (It's a busy store.)

The Fun: Skyline Drive reopened today so we drove up there for a brief visit. There was still some ice on the road so we only went as far as Dickey Ridge.

Skyline Drive and the surrounding Shenandoah National Park are among my favorite places. Dickey Ridge is not far from us so I wind up there several times a month. 

Today at Dickey Ridge. Sharing with Through My Lens.
I made a collage of Dickey Ridge scenes. The snow scenes are from today and the others are from earlier in the winter. (Click on it to see it larger.)
Sharing with Mosaic Monday and Seasons

January 8, 2017

Little Church and Nativity

The Waterlick Primitive Baptist Church only holds services once a month but they did decorate for Christmas this year. The nativity scene simply shows Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. 

The church has an interesting history which I wrote about previously.
Sharing with Inspired Sunday

January 7, 2017

Snow Birds and Hiking Dogs

Even plain-colored birds stand out on a snowy day! This junco is posing nicely for Black and White Weekend and Saturday Silhouettes.

These sparrows perched on our "patio peach." Since many of my readers are fellow photobloggers, I feel comfortable confessing that I bought this little tree as a prop for my photos. I had my husband plant it near the feeders so that birds could perch on it.

By now you may have guessed why I bought this colorful feeder.  

Ms. Cardinal is not red like the male of the species but she has her own style and beauty.

The last two pictures were taken on New Year's Day. We went to Shenandoah River State Park to take advantage of the "First Day" free admission. The weather was mild and people were out hiking, some with their dogs.

We didn't hike very far but I enjoyed getting outdoors.

Sharing with Pet Parade