November 18, 2017

Since It is the Weekend...

1. Since I want to join the Black and White Weekend blog hop, let me begin this post with two deer in monochrome. I saw them in Shenandoah National Park.

2. Since it is less than a week until Thanksgiving, here's a big turkey to look at.

3. Since Saturday's Critters and The Bird D'Pot are open for links, here are some nice-looking ducks.

4. Since I haven't shown you Flash in a while, here he is looking up from a nap.

He is doing pretty well considering he has a heart condition. He loves it when we save him a bit of hamburger!

November 17, 2017

Four Cell Phone Photos and One Complaint

1. On Tuesday I met Lynn for lunch in Harrisonburg. Our plan was to meet at Bob Evans Restaurant but it was closed. So we went to the nearby mall and ate at Country Cookin'.

2. This is a picture I snapped with my phone while touring an art studio near Flint Hill a few weeks ago. I was trying to show the lines of trees but reflections of the room lights showed up. Let's call them special effects!

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3. I was at Samuels Library and was surprised to find The True Believer among the new books. I read this book when I was in high school and it made quite an impression on me. Subtitled Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, the book remains topical even though it was first published in 1951. Highly recommended.

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4. We were in Harper's Ferry last weekend and the bluegrass band was playing in a shop.They sounded good!

5. This final image is the non-cellphone one. It's a reminder that I typed over a photo that I took some time ago.

We've been working on figuring out which medicare plan is the wisest choice for 2018. I'm not thrilled with Humana Medicare Advantage so I want to change, perhaps to the plan I had in 2016. Going through all the options and prices is about as easy as doing income tax when you itemize! (In other words, it's difficult and unrewarding. You may as well throw a dart at a chart!) 

Have a good weekend!

November 16, 2017

Golden Hour, Shenandoah County

On Sunday I posted some photos from the Zion Church area near Maurertown. I took them on November 6 during a short period of warm light that blessed us after rain clouds lifted in the late afternoon. Here are some more pictures from that golden moment as well as the darker minutes before dusk.

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North Fork of the Shenandoah

This little bridge is just wide enough for a single vehicle to cross and is only passable when the river is not too high. Virginia has been gradually replacing these low-water bridges.

November 14, 2017

Fort Ashby in West Virginia

This building remains of the 1755 fort.

This log building is in a town named Fort Ashby after the fort built here during the French and Indian War. Believed to be the barracks of the fort, it is the only known surviving building in a chain of forts erected to protect the Virginia frontier under the direction of Colonel George Washington. This is north of Romney.

The building was restored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939, part of a job-producing New Deal program.

See more posts on the French and Indian War. 

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November 13, 2017

Colorful Random-osity

The Good: There's a new mural in Winchester, VA. This is in Indian Alley. 

The Random: I took many photos in October and I still have a bunch I haven't shared. I pulled some together into a PhotoCollage.  
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The Fun: These youngsters are enjoying a nice fall day at Jim Barnett Park in Winchester.

November 12, 2017

Autumn Splendor at Zion Church

A week ago the colors of autumn were at the peak, so on Monday I made a few stops to take some pictures when we were driving east of Maurertown.
A Farm on Zion Church Road.
Zion Christian Church Dates to About 1860.
Sign with Massanutten Mountains in the Background.
Massanutten (Zoomed In)

Church Cemetery

The church has lovely views and I'm devoting the rest of this post to them.

November 11, 2017

Another Veterans Memorial in Winchester

It's Veterans Day.
On Tuesday I posted pictures from the Korean War Memorial in Jim Barnett Park, Winchester, VA.  Near that memorial is this one, dedicated to missing and imprisoned soldiers of various wars.

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The centerpiece is this monument to prisoners of war and to those missing in action in the Vietnam War. Around the perimeter are memorial benches to those of other 20th century wars.

This memorial park was built in 2005 by the local Rolling Thunder chapter. For those unfamiliar with Rolling Thunder, it is an advocacy group for prisoners of war (POWs) and missing in action (MIA) service members. They are well known for their annual motorcycle parade on Memorial Day weekend.

When I visited the memorial on October 26, roses were still blooming.  Across the road, youngsters were playing football.

November 10, 2017

Five Photos for the Tenth

Friday is a good time to catch up on some things so I'll post five miscellaneous images, linking to Willy Nilly Friday and some other blog hops.

1. I took this selfie in the car on Wednesday. The oval sticker says "I voted."

Selfie tip: Try tilting your chin up and holding the camera high. Do you look younger?

2. Recently my friend Sarah lost her husband of many years.  Marshall was 83. I called, sent flowers... and felt inadequate under the circumstances.

It is always sad to lose someone. But recently I saw an inscription on a tombstone that seemed really sweet.

3.Meanwhile, my daughter Lynn continues to recover from surgery and radiation. Recently she was diagnosed with lymphedema, a consequence of cancer treatment. She is now on antibiotics for a related infection. She is brave and her friends help her with some heavy tasks since she is not supposed to lift anything heavy.

4. Cold weather finally reached us today. Fortunately we had warnings, so yesterday Frank and I went to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to walk through their gardens one more time before the leaves fell. Not only did we see some pretty autumn leaves, we saw flowers that had not yet been nipped by frost. 
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5. Also in the gardens were some Japanese maples that were quite brilliant in fall colors. Frank was especially drawn to this Red Weeping Japanese Maple.

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November 9, 2017

Blackwater Falls is Closer Now

Last winter a new section of Corridor H (US 48) opened in West Virginia between Mount Storm and Davis. This means Blackwater Falls State Park is less than two hours away! This is about half of how long it took twelve years ago. 

As you can see, the highway cuts through the mountains. There's still a two-lane section between Strasburg and Wardensville which isn't going to change any time soon because the state of Virginia has little reason to expand their portion to four lanes.
Route 55 East of Wardensville
Some of us have our doubts as to whether this superhighway was actually needed, since traffic on it is very light and Route 55 served the same purpose (albeit slowly). But without a doubt the new road is spectacular and fast.

When we crossed the Allegheny Front, the season changed from autumn to winter. Temperatures were mild that day but there had already been a hard frost and most trees were bare. Soon we reached the end of the new road and followed the signs to Blackwater Falls.

I've been there before and easily found the "Gentle Trail" to an overlook. A few years ago we took the steep trail which gets closer to the falls, but I still have some foot pain so the accessible trail seemed like a good idea. We could hear the falls thundering and reached the overlook quickly.

Notice the people on the lower overlook on the left side of the photo.

The Blackwater River here has an amber color from tannin that comesfrom the needles of hemlock and spruce. At the falls, the river drops 57 feet. It flows west and later heads north to join the Ohio River.

This is a beautiful park that I remember visiting as a child. I am delighted that now we can go there and still be home by dark!
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Wind Turbines Near Mount Storm
See Previous Posts: Wind Farm and Mt. Storm Lake
Autumn Near Wardensville
P.S. The next section of the superhighway has been delayed by a flying squirrel!