May 25, 2018

Five Colorful Images

Weekend Reflection ~ Orange You Glad It's Friday?

1. The first image is a puddle that I spotted at sunset. I snapped this from the car, attracted to the colors but unable to pause for much longer than I normally would to cross the tracks and make a sharp turn.

2. I grabbed the sky shot from my back yard, shooting hurriedly because a plane doesn't wait around.

3. Wildflowers in Shenandoah National Park are the focus of my photo collage for Floral Friday.

4. Today was the last day for a local store that dealt in pet supplies and ponds. The owners of Noah's Ark have retired. I took this picture through the fence from the parking lot.

5. Same place... most of the pond supplies and statuary were gone but the little bridge was still there. Back in 2014, I posted some photos of the lily ponds there.

May 24, 2018

Thankful Thursday in Late May

I like having a theme for my post. Sometimes they consist of barely-related items, so I look for some way to make them into a group. Today I'm presenting four things for which I'm grateful, plus one thing that's a nuisance but at least it's not uncontrollable.

1. Flowers are plentiful right now. I spotted these roses at a fast-food place. Since roses are a common subject, I had a little fun with the image using Movavi software.

2. Flash visited the vet today for his yearly check-up. He's doing okay considering his age and congestive heart failure. Dr Jim said we can increase the Lasix a little to see if it helps with his cough.

3. I am so fortunate to have such beautiful views around me that sometimes I take them for granted. The cloudy view is from our window.

4. I grew up in a family where I was loved. Here's a picture of my mother taken long before I was born.

5. Spammers are a nuisance. Lately they've been commenting on blogs, and I've heard that if you follow their links you may download something that damages your blog. Fortunately it's not hard to delete their comments, and most of them never get published because I have a setting that holds comments on older posts until I approve them.

If you see a suspicious comment, do not click on the link!

May 23, 2018

Iris, Goose, Cardinals, Worms.

Sharing with Floral Bliss, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Through My Lens, and Wednesday Around the World.

May 21, 2018

Mural in Progress

A new mural is underway in Strasburg! It will depict a potter (sketched in on the right) at work. Strasburg was once known as "Pot Town" because of the pottery made there, and the high quality clay.

The artist is Resoborg from South Africa.

Since I don't want to disappoint mural fans who are visiting from Monday Murals in expectation of seeing complete artwork, here's another mural. I posted this deer scene several years ago but the artist's name was blocked. It's Roger Heishman. This is on a wall in the Star Mercantile in Wardensville.

May 20, 2018

Along Coldstream Road

A week ago I posted photos of the Methodist Church at North River Mills. We were in that town for the Ice Mountain Festival and I took many other pictures. I'll show you some of them now.

First, for InSpired Sunday, here's another church that we passed on the way there. It's the Sandy Ridge Christian Church on Coldstream Road near Capon Bridge. 

Next we have some rustic scenes from the town of North River Mills. Some are shareable with The Barn Collective.

The large barn is "for sale."

We were in North River Mills for the Ice Mountain Festival. Nearby Ice Mountain is known for its cool environment.

In colonial times, the town lay along the Great Wagon Road from Winchester to Romney. The area suffered at least two attacks during the French and Indian War.

The last image shows a shed built upon an older foundation. 

May 19, 2018

Shooting Pictures without Film

Okay, my camera doesn't use film; it uses memory cards. Somehow last weekend I either forgot to insert the card or it fell back out. I lost two days of pictures! Yes, toward the end of the second day I noticed a little red warning through the viewfinder but I couldn't read it so I didn't realize the card was missing until I tried to remove it to transfer the images to my computer. Oops!

This Sony camera does not have built-in memory like my Nikon. Some of the pictures I lost were of little consequence: flowers in a nice garden (I have others),  a deer (I have hundreds of deer pictures). Other pictures I wish I had: Lynn in the arboretum at JMU (although I think she was frowning at me) and three baby birds (possibly grackles) that had fallen from a nest at Birdsong Garden. (We did notify our hostess and she said she would keep an eye on them.) Then there was a great shot that I missed and now I'm glad I missed it: a young bear that we saw crossing Skyline Drive. By the time I stopped the car he scrambled into the woods. If I had shot pictures of him, I'd be really unhappy about losing them!

Well, I have some other pictures to share today with Saturday Critters and I'd Rather B Birdin', starting with these ducklings and their mom.

The robin's nest was on a sill in someone else's house. The parent was nearby and the little ones had recently hatched.

The next three pictures show goslings. They are with their parents plus an extra goose, whom I call Auntie. Geese often group together to keep babies safe.

Last but not least, here's my baby! He looks a bit forlorn because I stepped down into the yard to take pictures and left him on the deck.

Flash is doing okay considering his age and ailments. Getting his medicine into him is a test of wills. He sleeps most of the day and only shows energy first thing in the morning and later after 5 PM. Then he follows me around for a while, eats, drinks, and hangs out with us. Eventually he gets tired and goes into his crate to go to sleep.

May 18, 2018

Fed Up Friday

The Willy Nilly Friday linkup reminds me to post a group of things that don't really fit into one cohesive post. 

1. I'm feeling down because there has been another school shooting, this time in Texas. And I'm angry because this should not keep happening.

I recognize the important role hunters play in the ecosystem, at least here in the eastern states where other predators are not present in numbers. And I believe that target practice is a fun activity that builds hand-eye coordination. But "responsible" gun owners have failed to keep their weapons out of the hands of youngsters and misguided people. It is past time for change!

2. We've had rain, rain, and more rain. Fortunately it lets up from time to time, but not for long. Here are some clouds I saw yesterday.

By the way, many roads are flooded around here.
Sharing with Skywatch and Black and White Weekend.

3. We stopped in a restaurant last weekend and I was served a nice-looking salad. But I was afraid to eat it because of the big romaine lettuce recall. I've heard that the tainted lettuce is off the market but then again, one of Lynn's friends has not fully recovered from a salad that sickened her.

4. Frank gave me a nice planter for Mother's Day. The geraniums are even brighter than they look in the picture.

5. Speaking of flowers, here are some other bright ones I spotted at Weber's Nursery. 

Orange You Glad and Floral Friday.
6. There are a couple of new stores in Front Royal aimed at the outdoors enthusiasts. This one is on South Street where it can be seen by motorists heading for Skyline Drive or the Shenandoah River.

I hope you have a nice weekend.

May 17, 2018

A Drive Through Blandy

I drove through the State Arboretum a few weeks ago. This tract is part of the Blandy Experimental Farm in Clarke County.

In 1926, Graham F. Blandy bequeathed 700 acres of his approximately 900 acre estate to the University of Virginia. The university keeps it up and uses it for environmental research and education. I am thankful that this beautiful place is open to the public.

Sharing with Fences and Thankful Thursday.