October 24, 2014

The Wounded Drummer Boy

At the Cedar Creek Reenactment

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Roofs and Steeples

Middletown, VA
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October 23, 2014

People-Watching at Cedar Creek

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek

woman with staffWe went to the reenactment near Middletown on Sunday. It was a beautiful afternoon and Frank and I both took pictures so I have many images to go through. I decided to show you some spectators first.

"Living History" demonstrations are part of the show and I enjoy seeing 19th-century costumes. This woman was kind enough to pose for me.

The mock battle took place on the historic Heater Farm near Belle Grove.

The Last Major Battle in the Shenandoah Valley

womanIf you love historical costumes, you might want to scroll through my living history posts or check out these: Young Reenactors and Dressed for History.

I enjoy the incongruities in pictures like the one below. It's a fun time-warp effect.

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October 22, 2014

Guess Who Went to the Groomer Today!

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Don't Text and Fly!

I've seen these crashing witches before but I liked the sign under this one enough to stop and take a picture. 

 While I was at it, I photographed the house across the street from it. I don't know if it's historic but it looks like a 19th-century home.

In Strasburg, Virginia
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October 21, 2014

Mary's Rock Tunnel, Skyline Drive


A View from Apple Mountain

Near Linden, Virginia
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Union Left Flank, Cedar Creek Battlefield

We went to the dedication of a new Civil War Trails marker at Thorndale Farm near Middletown. Here Union Cavalry mounted a counterattack that was crucial in reversing Confederate successes that morning at Cedar Creek.

Last month we attended a program about Custer's Cavalry on the other flank of the Union Army. This program (on Sunday) was part the 150th anniversary commemoration of the battle. My friend Ranger Shannon told us about Gen. Wesley's Merritt's First Cavalry Division and their thundering cavalry charge. Also, the owner of Thorndale Farm spoke about the property and his part in documenting it's history.


The lower right corner of the marker gives a brief history of the farmhouse and barn. The barn, built around 1870, "incorporates hand-hewn fire-damaged beams from an earlier structure on the stone foundation of an earlier barn."

You can see a picture of the Larrick-Nixon house in my August 16 post.


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October 20, 2014

Cloudy Day at a Pumpkin Patch

We returned to the pumpkin patch in Meems Bottom that we went to in 2009. It's in a scenic river bottom area near the North Fork of the Shenandoah.

I thought the painted shed was really cute.

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October 19, 2014

Mt. Olive UMC

This church stands at the corner of Back Road and Mt. Olive Road in the small town of Mt. Olive west of Toms Brook. It was dedicated in 1869.

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October 18, 2014

Goat Behind a Wire Fence

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Geese Flying at Sunset

Sometimes when I venture out to take pictures of the sunset I am lucky enough to see the Canada Geese in flight. In the first image they are far away, flying in from somewhere beyond the Massanutten Mountains. You can see them through a break in the clouds to the right of the center of the picture.

Often I can hear them honking before I see them.

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birds flying over mountains

October 17, 2014

A Tree in Front Royal

bright tree

A tree stood unnoticed and plain,

But autumn gave it glory again.

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Sky Shark with Moon Eye

moonWe were taking pictures at an overlook this afternoon when my husband pointed out that the moon was shining through a cloud. I looked and saw a shark!

I'm including a second photo for a closer look at the moon shining through the cloud.

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October 16, 2014

Red Shutters and a Fence

This house in Waterlick dates from 1891. It has a barn that I shared not long ago. The property happens to be for sale right now.

You might notice a Beware of Dog sign but did you spot the dog?

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October 15, 2014

The Mist Rises, The Sun Sets

After five days of rain,  the clouds finally parted late this afternoon. I was happy to see a bit of sunshine so I took some pictures from a window.

The cloud in the middle looks like a flying pig to me! He appears to be pushing away the larger cloud.

When the sun got low in the sky, I went back to the window and took this third shot. Then I walked outside to get some pictures of the sunset at the lake.

It turned out to be a spectacular sunset! And my Nikon lens served me well by intensifying the colors a little. This camera is having some mechanical problems but I like the lens and the compact size.

This last shot reminds me of ink blots, or a Rorschach test.

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Sign on a Truck

Hi, there!
The first time I saw one of these signs on a plumbing truck I was startled by how realistic the picture looks — like a real man is waving at you! When I parked behind this van, I figured I should share it with you and the Signs, Signs linkup.