May 27, 2016

Rain Over the Valley

It can be interesting watching the weather change from up on Skyline Drive. Here a rain storm is moving over the Shenandoah Valley, coming from the west. 

Rain on the Windshield 

After driving back to the Valley, I looked back toward where I'd been and saw a layer of clouds resting on the Blue Ridge.

May 26, 2016

Hupp Cave

Across from the Civil War Museum/Tourist Information Center in Strasburg is a trail that interprets both the Karst topography of the area and the Civil War history on Hupp's Hill. The trail dips into a sinkhole that has a cave entrance! 

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Caves in Virginia are protected by state law. This sign is muddy from all the rain we've had but it stresses that it is illegal to destroy or deface cave formations.

The upper sign is one of a series of interpretive signs along the trail. This one has diagrams of the geology and a map of the cave. The limestone and shale here are part of the "Edinburg formation."

Near the museum in this park was Crystal Caverns, a commercial cave that closed in 2010. 

The trail is not long but it does have steps. Flash was able to navigate it with me.

May 25, 2016

Geese with Two Goslings

Often we see geese with five or six babies but this family only has two. Mom and Dad seem proud though, and auntie stays nearby to help protect the little ones.

I hope your week is going swimmingly!

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Large Tree, Leesburg

May 24, 2016

Lynn with White Kittens, 1991

George C. Marshall's House, Leesburg

Do you know who George C. Marshall was? His name was still a household word when I was a child, but many years have passed since then. Does The Marshall Plan ring a bell? It was the European Recovery Program after World War II.

His home in Virginia is preserved as a monument to him and as a fully furnished residence of that time.

Local Random-osity, May 2016

The Good: Flash seems to have recovered from his surgery two weeks ago. This is the first photo I've taken with his mouth open since he had a tooth extracted. He hasn't been smiling much; I think his mouth was sore.

The Random: Here's a nice red barn for this week's Barn Collective. This is in Waterlick, VA.

The Fun: I enjoy watching bird parents as they take care of their babies. 

Sorry about the blur! The bird flew out of their so fast I was lucky to get a shot at all.

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May 23, 2016

Civil War Mural in Berryville

I almost didn't see this mural because it's a distance back from the street facing a parking lot. Lee and Jackson are unmistakable, and we have a token Yankee on the left. He must be Phil Sheridan, for the artist appears to have painted flames in front of him to represent the "burning" of the Shenandoah Valley's crops (1864). I deduced that the fellow between Lee and Jackson must be Mosby because he conducted a famous wagon train raid on the outskirts of Berryville. Sure enough, I found a photo that shows Mosby from this angle.

I love it when I find something that combines my interests, like folk art and history! This can be seen from Crow Street near the Camino Real Restaurant.

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May 22, 2016

Shadow of Alliums

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Inspired Berryville

There are a number of churches in Berryville, some of them quite historic. This is a newer one and it's on Main Street. It is the Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.

Check out InSpired Sunday to see more examples of inspirational architecture and cemeteries.

Berryville is not named after berries (as I once assumed) but after a man named Benjamin Berry, who lived from around 1720 to 1810.

"Benjamin Berry, son of Henry Berry of King George County, settled in what is now Clarke County prior to the Revolution, and in 1798, he procured the formal establishment of the town of Berryville, the town having been platted by him, and consisting of a portion (twenty acres) of a larger tract of land owned by him and his daughter, Sarah Stribling. He and she are buried in the northeast section of the yard of Grace Episcopal Church."

May 21, 2016

Tree House

Near Raphine, VA

Large Critter, Small Critter

This little turtle was only about three inches long. He was resting next to our sliding door yesterday.

May 20, 2016

Five Friday Topics

Blog Post #5555!

I'm using the Willy Nilly Friday format today to share 5 different topics.

1. The theme for today's Photo Friday is Civilization.  This picture represents reading and art, two of the cornerstones for civilization. This sculpture is at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia.

 2. The lake at our community's entrance looks pretty in the sunshine. I'm sharing this with Skywatch Friday, Weekend Reflections, and My Town Shoot Out.

3. My buddy Flash had minor surgery last week. He needed his teeth cleaned and one tooth extracted. Since he had to have anesthesia for the dental work, Dr. Coston removed the skin tag from his shoulder and and cut his nails extra-short. They've always been long and they grow quickly. This picture is a "before" shot. Flash seems to have recovered well.

4. My Canon G16 is back from the shop. It's now one year old and I've sent it to Canon for repair four times! They couldn't figure out what was wrong and tried to tell me it was perfectly fine. I got impatient on the phone and finally had their guy Dave (or Dayvon) talk to my husband, who has also experienced the problem. (The framing seen through the eyepiece gets way off sometimes after zooming.) Well, whatever Frank said gave Dave the idea to try something with the camera. He came back to the phone and said that the problem was with the digital zoom and he had been able to get it to do it himself!

It seems the zoom was automatically going into digital zoom and when I went back into optical zoom, the view from the eyepiece was no longer matching the actual image. The work-around is to turn off digital zoom from the tools menu. Now I've done that and the problem seems to be solved. I don't know why the tech people didn't figure that out and tell me before. Dave said they use set testing procedures which indicated all functions were operating as designed. I have been so frustrated with the problem since many shots were ruined by my not seeing what the camera saw. I blogged about this in OctoberNovember and December. Each time I sent it off, it was gone for several weeks.

This picture came out as planned. I cut it off deliberately; perhaps you recognize the motto.

5. Frank took this picture of me in a restaurant. I have a short list of restaurants where I can eat comfortably because I have a long list of food allergies. Add to that the other diets that I'm trying to follow in order to improve my digestion and other symptoms and it's challenging: low fermentable carbs (Fast Tract) diet, low-histamine diet, and low sulfur diet. Oh, and low-glycemic too but I'm neglecting that for now as it resulted in weight gain.

Anyway, the restrictions have limited my desire to travel, since I find that trying a new restaurant means I'll either get sick or at least wind up sending the food back to the kitchen because they forgot to follow instructions. That takes the joy out of traveling and a lot of the fun out of socializing! Right now my husband is on a vacation trip without me because I simply did not want to go. I hate flying anyway! We do take short car trips because I can pack food, but it's a hassle. I'd probably become a hermit if I didn't need human interaction at times.

 It's a good thing I live in a beautiful area. I can enjoy a staycation and have my meals at home. They are monotonous but at least they are safe. Well, except for reflux and weight gain. I could probably do better with those except that I can't stand feeling hungry and weak!

May 19, 2016

Garden, Gate, Goose

Today the sun came out, finally! These pictures are from a few days ago when it was still rainy. The scenes are down near the North Fork of the Shenandoah.
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May 18, 2016

Waterfowl Families

Do you see the goslings on the right in the first picture?

And here we have Mother Mallard with here children.

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Lynn's Cousins, 1968

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