December 2, 2021

The View from Cracker Barrel

Today I met Lynn for lunch in Woodstock. Just as she pulled in the parking lot, I spotted a partial rainbow, but by the time she parked, it had faded. 


December 1, 2021

Outlook Not So Clear

 The Future?

City Daily Photo Theme Day

"The future's not ours to see,
Que sera, sera." 
This is a trail cam photo from my files. I chose it for the sense of looking into an unknown future.

The late day sun made a flare on the lens. I darkened it in Photoshop. 

This is the first time I've used Photoshop in months. I had deleted it because Adobe kept "improving" it and the program became so big it was competing with my photos for storage. My hard drive was running out of space and I saw constant warnings. After I deleted Photoshop and some other things, I began the tedious process of moving folders to a second backup drive (I don't trust having just one) and then deleting them. (I don't trust cloud storage either, although I use it selectively.) 

I still have my Creative Cloud subscription, although I tried canceling it at one point but they offered me a few months for free. I've been using other programs but I missed the versatility of Photoshop, so today I downloaded the new version. I see that it takes more RAM and is not recommended for computers older than 2015. Mine is from 2015 so we shall see how it goes.

Here we have another trail cam picture, taken late in the day.

Wild Bird Wednesday

Back to the Future

As I get ready to move to a smaller home, I know I will miss the geese and other wildlife, to say nothing of our view of the lake and mountains. But part of preparing for the future is being realistic about needs as we grow older. 

This picture of geese coming ashore is from a few days ago. I took it from the window.

November 29, 2021

A Wall in Leesburg.

I don't know why the artist emphasized fried eggs.

Monday Murals


November 28, 2021

Love's Long Shadow

Earlier this month I made a brief visit to Seven Bends State Park and spotted these long shadows stretching out from the LOVE sign.

Shadow Shot Sunday

Inspired Sunday: There are shadows in this picture too but not as noticeable as the ones above. This is First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg. It faces Court Square and has an addition on the left. This Gothic Revival building was built by J. S. Heatwole & Co. in 1907-08. 

November 27, 2021

D is for Dog, Ducks, Deer.

Saturday Critters

It was a happy accident that all of today's subjects start with the letter D. 

I saw this black dog walking with his person and asked her if I could take a picture. I used Pixlr to filter the image and add a vignette. 

Caturday Art

Mr. and Mrs. Duck seemed to be enjoying their swim.

The two deer were at Dickey Ridge in Shenandoah National Park. 

November 26, 2021

Five for Friday after Thanksgiving

"When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us." ~ Alexander Graham Bell.

Reflection In Strasburg.

On Tuesday we traveled to Leesburg so Frank could get his cochlear implant activated. I took this picture as he was being tested with the new hearing device turned on. For now it just sounds like noise; he has to learn to make sense of words in that ear.

It's been a month since he had the surgery that marked the most drastic part of the process. Since then he has suffered with balance issues and nausea, and had to walk with the assistance of a walker or cane. 
B&W (iPhone SE Portrait Mode)

He is finally getting better but the difficulties have brought home the problems of living in a multi-level home. We are now planning to move to Woodstock where we own property that was designed with accessibility in mind. 

Although I feel confident that he will regain full mobility, aging is a relentless process from which no one is immune. I have problems with stairs myself. 
"Seasons change and so did I,
You need not wonder why." ~ The Guess Who.

This flower is one of the few I have seen outdoors lately. Cold temperatures have ended the blooming season for all but the most hardy.



November 25, 2021

A Month of Change

It's been a while since I posted an old barn. This is one I saw in late October. Since then many of the leaves have fallen and the days have gotten short. 

Today is Thanksgiving. We did not have guests because Lynn is recovering from an ear infection, Marie is in Venice, and we have arranged to meet Allison and Dave for dinner tomorrow.
We went to Woodstock this afternoon and had a late lunch. We own property in that town and are making plans to move there.

I'm not a fan of days getting short, but we do see some great sunsets this time of year. 



November 24, 2021

It's Thanksgiving Eve.

This snapshot goes back a long way. Little Marie is posing with art she made in school for Thanksgiving. She won't be spending Thanksgiving with us tomorrow because she is traveling.

I haven't filled my bird feeders yet because the weather has not been cold enough to send the bears into their dens. Bears like bird food and not only help themselves, they will pull the feeders down and crush them. Thus I don't have bird close-ups today so I'm sharing some pictures from last December.
bird on suet feeder

The bird on the suet feeder is a nuthatch. The red bird is a male cardinal. He likes sunflower seed.

Below that we have two mourning doves browsing on the ground. 

If you celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, best wishes for a lovely holiday.

two birds