October 20, 2020

October 19, 2020

A New Mural and Some October Views.

There is a new mural by the playground in Strasburg Town Park.

It was in shadow so here's a closer look at some of critters in the scene, which I combined in a collage with another photo as the background.
After I viewed the new mural, I drove west and turned south on Back Road to see a bit of autumn color in the hills of Shenandoah County.



 

October 18, 2020

Blog Post 7307

 Well, I missed noting blog post #7300 almost a week ago. Not that it makes any difference. I've been blogging for over 15 years and I'm not ready to stop anytime soon.


This is First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, VA. Actually this is just part of the building, which also has an attached youth building.

The church was organized in 1846 at a different location. In 1911, a church was built here, but it was later destroyed by fire and rebuilt. 

When I stopped to take a picture of the church, a squirrel was exploring at the bottom of the steps. 



October 17, 2020

Hog Heaven and a Heron.


Four days ago we went to Capon Springs, viewed fall colors, and made a stop at a pig farm. I had read that it was open to the public so of course I wanted to get some pictures. 

They are used to having visitors and came over to the gate to greet us. 

This cutie had a tag that said Rosie. You might say she's quite a ham! 

I don't want to talk about fall colors without showing you some that we saw on the way there.


Now for the heron that's been hanging out at our neighborhood lake. I spotted it yesterday in the late afternoon.

This afternoon he was there again. I saw him catch a fish!

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October 16, 2020

A Seven Bends Assortment

Seven Bends State Park

1. Here's the LOVE sign in black and white. The state of Virginia has a tourism slogan "Virginia is for Lovers," so you can see variations on this sign throughout the state. 

2. I taken many photos at the park so I combined some into collages using the FotoJet site and Photoshop. (I'm afraid this looks "busy" in this small version so click on it to see the scenes more clearly.) 

3. The park offers good views of the sky.

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4. North Fork of the Shenandoah with reflections, seen from the Bass Bight Trail. (A bight is a cove in the river. I wouldn't be surprised if the bass bite in the bight!)

5. One more collage. 

Named for the bends in the Shenandoah River, Seven Bends State Park is on the east side of Woodstock. It offers river access, picnic tables, and hiking trails. It is a new park and more features will come in the future, including a rustic-themed playground.


 

October 15, 2020

Don't Stop Believing.


The first picture shows a couple signs at Cox Farms.  

The second shows the side of a catering van. I have no idea what a unicorn has to do with their business but it makes a nice sign.

The remaining three photos are from Heard's Farm Market, a new store along US 340 north of Luray. 



"Our worms catch fish or die trying."


October 12, 2020

Mexican Murals, Blackrock Views, and Indigenous People.

Random-osity.
 
The Good: A week ago I shared a mural from El Maguey Restaurant in Front Royal and promised to share their other ones today. Enjoy.


 
The Random: We drove up to Skyline Drive on Friday and it was lovely. I walked up a short but steep trail to the Blackrock viewpoint near Big Meadows.

It's beginning to look like autumn up there. Since the leaves are now changing colors here in the valley, I imagine the foliage is nearing peak color at the higher elevations like around Skyland.

The Fun: Virginia's governor recently declared October 12 to be Indigenous Peoples' Day. In honor of this, I made a collage of photos leftover from The Gathering in 2017.


 

October 11, 2020

The River, Tree Shadows, and a Catholic Church.

 This view of the North Fork of the Shenandoah is from a low-water bridge near Woodstock. 

The foliage hasn't changed dramatically in the Valley yet but on the higher ridges of the mountains the trees are looking pretty bright.


Speaking of trees, these branches are seen as shadows on a wall. 

Today's final images are of a church in Woodstock.


This is St. John Bosco Catholic Church, named for an Italian priest of the 19th century who was canonized in 1934. 

The present-day church was built next to the older church which dates to 1888.