April 18, 2014

Skywatch: Geese

... or are they ducks?




Linking to: Look Up, Look Down

Easter Decor at the Community Store


At the resort
The windows report:
Springtime is here,
Easter is near.

Eggs in pastel
Colors that tell:
A season's rebirth!
Springtime on earth!



Linking to: Six-word Friday

April 16, 2014

Birds Without Words




Linking to: Wordless Wednesday

The Railroad at Boyce, Virginia

RR stationThis railroad station in Clarke County was completed in 1913 and is no longer used. A sign indicates that it was repurposed as a library for a while.

I modified the second picture in Photoshop using one of the monochromatic presets under Image/ Adjustments / HDR Toning.


Linking to: Rurality Blog Hop

April 15, 2014

The House on Strudel Court


Here are a couple of pictures I took at the house I wrote about yesterday. The house is pretty much empty now except for that sofa and a couple of rugs. The great room looks really huge without the dining table!

I posted a rental listing on Craigslist and the pictures there are from two years ago before we moved out.


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April 14, 2014

The View from the Second Squirrel Ridge

This is the view from the second house we owned in Bryce Resort. We still own the house and our tenant moved out so we've been doing some work on it.

It's actually on Supinlick Ridge. The first home we owned in the resort was on a smaller ridge with no name as far as I could tell so I called it Squirrel Ridge. I used that name for this blog back in 2005. When we moved to Supinlick Ridge the following year, I kept the Squirrel Ridge name on the blog, and by the time we moved again in 2012, the name seemed to belong here even though we no longer live on a ridge.


Linking to: Catching the Light

April 13, 2014

Purple Crocus


The crocuses bloomed a bit late this year, alongside the daffodils instead of before them.

Linking to: Today's Flowers

Outdoor Cathedral

outdoor cathedralYesterday we were in Orkney Springs so I stopped at the lovely shrine. I was not expecting to find that a service was in progress on a Saturday afternoon.




April 12, 2014

The Quarters at Blandy Farm

When you enter the State Arboretum at Blandy Farm and you see this imposing old building, you are reminded that this was once a fine estate.  

I replaced the color in these images with a sepia tone in Photoshop. This time I used HDR Options and selected one of the sepia methods. I haven't done much with HDR Options before so this was an interesting experiment.

See other sepia pictures at Sepia Saturday hosted by Ruckus.

April 11, 2014

Joggers at Blandy


Young people in yellow and orange
Run along the path so effortlessly.
I admire (and envy) their energy,
Too much a stretch for me!



Linking to: Six Word Friday

A View from Bishop Meade Highway

Landscape at Carter Hall

Route 255, Millwood, Virginia
Linking to: Scenic Weekends

April 10, 2014

A Gate at Carter Hall


This historic estate is across from the Christ Episcopal Church in Millwood, Virginia. A nearby sign stated that this is private property so we did not enter the gate or see the manor house. A few steps away there's a state historical marker.

Col. Nathaniel Burwell, great-grandson of Robert "King" Carter, constructed Carter Hall in the mid-1790s after moving here from Tidewater Virginia. Edmund Randolph Governor of Virginia, U.S. Attorney General, and U.S. Secretary of State, died here in 1813 and was buried two miles north at Old Chapel. In Oct. 1862, Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson used Carter Hall as his headquarters. Pharmaceutical magnet Gerard Lambert purchased the estate in 1930 and hired New York architect Harry T. Lindeberg to remodel the house in the Georgian Revival style. Since 1977, Carter Hall has been the headquarters of Project HOPE, a worldwide health foundation.

Linking to: Good Fences