June 16, 2019

It is Sunday and Father's Day.

We met Dave and Allison in Winchester for a Father's Day dinner. 

Speaking of Winchester and this being Sunday, here's an InSpired picture of Victory Church in that city. 

June 15, 2019

They Like the Water.

Mallard ducks like Stoney Creek in Edinburg.

The Great Blue Heron was photographed by my trail cam. It's not the sharpest picture but I like the pose.

The snapping turtle had just crawled up on the shore.

The ducks seem to be checking on these fishermen.

Next we have a koi swimming in a pond. (If you ask me, koi are not coy at all.)

I heard someone call the dog Fred. He was enjoying the Shenandoah River.

The sculpture looks like a pink flamingo to me.
Sharing with Saturday's Critters
and I'd Rather Be Birdin'

June 14, 2019

Views at Pebble Hall Farm

1. I met Lynn for lunch in Harrisonburg today and then took a short ride in the country. When I saw a sign for a wildflower and herb farm, I turned into the lane to take a look. This is Pebble Hall Farm.

Skywatch Friday.
2. I parked on a grassy lot next to a long fence casting a shadow. Since my photo of this has elements of strong composition and contrast, I turned it into a black and white image.

3. A picture of their front porch is appropriate for Flag Day. Are you familiar with the rules for displaying our flag? Here's one that people seem to forget:
"The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose, nor embroidered on cushions or handkerchiefs, printed on paper napkins or boxes, nor used as any portion of a costume."

4. The garden is charming although not extensive. You can pick flowers in exchange for a donation.

5. I made a collage of a few photos of flowers.

  Sharing with Friday Bliss and Floral Friday.

6. On the way home I stopped in Edinburg for a break next to the mill.  I had a small snack and took a look at Stony Creek.
Weekend Reflections.

June 13, 2019

Fourteen Years of Blogging

Blog Post #6778

I started blogging on June 13, 2005. Wow, that was a long time ago! Many blogs have come and gone since then, some leaving without even a "Good-bye." Friends, if you stop blogging, please post a farewell post. Otherwise your fans wonder what happened to you.

These pictures are from Shenandoah River State Park. It's not far from home and last year Frank got me a State Parks Pass for our anniversary, so I've stopped by there quite a few times. When I do, I always take in the fine view at Cullers Overlook. 

Sharing with Fences Around the World.

Lately I've welcomed the chance to get outside and take in a glimpse of nature. Things have been stressful since Frank's achilles tendon surgery two months ago. He is still wearing a "boot" and using a walker. I take him to physical therapy twice a week, pulling right up to the entrance and opening both heavy doors for him. (You'd think a physical therapy place would have automatic door openers, but they don't.) He is gradually healing and is now allowed to put 25% of the usual weight on the bandaged foot. 

The final two photos are from the visitors center at the park. Yes, that's a reflection in one of the doors.

See my recent post on the pollinator meadow at this park.

June 10, 2019

Sunny Shenandoah Scenes.

The Good: Some neighbors painted their garage, but not in the usual way. They painted giant flowers on it!  
Monday Murals.
The Random: These nice barns are north of Woodstock, Virginia, near Saumsville.
The Barn Collective.
The Fun: These folks are enjoying the Shenandoah River near Bentonville.

Mosaic Monday.

June 9, 2019

New Life Christian Church

This church is on Middle Road in Winchester, Virginia. For some reason there are many churches on a short section of that road.

This building bears the date 2002 on a cornerstone.

Sharing with InSpired Sunday.

June 8, 2019

Time to Be Down by the Water

It is June and the weather is warm enough to relax by the water. Geese like to hang out by our neighborhood pond.

Saturday Critters and I'd Rather Be Birdin'.
The other day I stopped by the boat landing at Eastham Park and saw this young woman letting her dogs play in the Shenandoah River.

Today I saw another young woman with a dog. This was also by the Shenandoah, but it was at the boat landing on Indian Hollow Road. She had just convinced her dog to come out of the river. 

Not far from there I spotted a pretty butterfly.

The final two images were modified in Photoshop. The Great Blue Heron was across the pond and I caught him in flight. I played with filters until I got a look that I like. You can see the original picture in a December post.

As for the final picture, I felt like the folks in the boat needed a pet, so I put one there using Photoshop.