October 31, 2009

Love the Colors of Autumn!

Above: View from Condos on Fairway Drive, Basye

Below: Zinnias and Trees in our Yard

October Leaves

October 30, 2009

Beware of Punkinman

Happy Halloween

I'm learning Paint Shop Pro at VU.org. This is a combination of a cat photo (with a charcoal effects filter) and some Halloween "Picture Tubes."

Autumn Impression, Passage Creek

In the National Forest, Fort Valley

We took this from a bridge over Passage Creek at Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area. I added an "ink outlines" filter and a little texture in Photoshop. And yes, I pumped up the saturation a bit.

October 29, 2009

Two Lakes Near Front Royal

Both of these are man-made lakes south of Front Royal just off U.S. 522.

Black Cat, Filtered

I added filters in Photoshop to emphasize the edges and make the picture look spooky.

October 28, 2009

Old Farm near New Market

Watching Sheep

From the parking lot of Mt. Zion Church on Fairview Road we watched a herd of sheep running in a line. Perhaps it was feeding time.

This is probably the same flock I posted here two years ago.

A View from Erika Drive

Looking Over the Air Strip at Bryce Resort

October 27, 2009

New Guide to Bryce Resort and Shenandoah County

The Resort has published a new guide with the assistance of Steve Kirchner: Bryce Resort and Shenandoah County Travel Guide. Click to see the online fall-winter edition (requires Adobe Flash software to turn the pages).

October 26, 2009

The Hike to Woodstock Tower

It's barely even a hike, for the tower is only a ten or fifteen minute walk from the parking spaces. But you should wear sensible shoes because the trail is rocky and uneven.

A worn-looking sign marks the trailhead at the top of Massanutten.
The view from the road isn't bad (left). However, the views from the tower are spectacular, if you can brave the steep stairs going up to the observation platform.

October 25, 2009

Three Views from Woodstock Tower

Above: Looking toward Woodstock, VA
and bends of the North Fork
Below: Looking in the opposite direction across Fort Valley
and toward the Blue Ridge

Looking Northeast, George Washington National Forest
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Views from Woodstock Tower Road

Yesterday we went to hear a library program in Fort Valley, which is nestled in the Massanutten Mountains. The weather turned out to be quite nice instead of the predicted thunderstorms.

The library is on Woodstock Tower Road, so after the talk we decided to drive up the road to the top of the mountain.

I've mentioned the road to Woodstock Tower before. It has a couple of sharp curves but it's easily navigated on the Fort Valley side.

October 24, 2009

Mount Airy Lane near Mt. Jackson

Near the North Fork of the Shenandoah
Mentioned as the Steenbergen property owned by John G. Meem in this 1867 article.

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Field near Massanutten Mountain

There are plenty of places to buy pumpkins in Shenandoah County. I chose the pumpkin stand on Mt. Airy Lane just south of Mount Jackson because it's a very scenic spot. Even on a rainy day, I got some nice pictures.

We picked a pumpkin from the field and also purchased a couple of gourds.

October 23, 2009

North Fork at Chapman's Landing

Chapman's Landing is a public access point on the North Fork of the Shenandoah. Narrow Passage Creek joins the North Fork here, north of Edinburg, VA.

Not far away is the inn where Stonewall Jackson asked Jed Hotchkiss to make a map of the Shenandoah Valley - see the historical marker on HMDB.org.

(Note: For the photo on the left, I added a Poster Edge filter in Photoshop. Click on it to see a larger version.)

October 22, 2009

Autumn at the Southern Kitchen

New Market, Virginia

The Southern Kitchen Restaurant is a Shenandoah Valley institution. It's a 1950's-style diner along "Congress Street," the Old Valley Pike (U.S. 11) in historic New Market.

Frank loves their cream pies.

October 21, 2009

Fort Edwards in West Virginia

We visited the site of Fort Edwards in Capon Bridge, West Virginia. It was one of the frontier forts under command of George Washington during the French and Indian War. There is a visitors' center, a series of interpretive signs, and a reconstructed section of palisade wall.

The visitor center is open on weekends during the warmer months. The Fort Edwards website tells the history of the fort and reports on an archaeological investigation of the site.

"The fort at Joseph Edwards's home on the Cacapon River was one of these western forts guarding the road from Ft. Loudoun to the forts of the South Branch River valley." And in April 1756 at th Battle of Great Cacapon River, "Capt. John Fenton Mercer, Lt. Thomas Carter and 15 soldiers killed not far from Ft. Edwards. This is the largest encounter between French and Indian forces and Virginia soldiers of the War."

Capon Bridge is between Winchester and Romney. Of course, until the Civil War the area (like all of West Virginia) was part of Virginia.


In Memory of
the soldiers and settlers
who lost their lives
in Hampshire County
during the
French and Indian War

Dedicated by
the Fort Edwards Foundation
June 26, 2004 as part of our
commemoration of the
250th anniversary of the
founding of Hampshire County
and the 250th anniversary of
the French and Indian War

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The View from Trout Run Road

Yesterday we crossed Great North Mountain on Wolf Gap Road. We reached the crest of the mountain in about 20 minutes. Coasting down the other side took a little longer, especially since we stopped to look at a couple of deer. Frank tried to get a picture but it blurred; so I tried and all I got was the deer's back side!

Below is a picture Frank took from Trout Run Road, which is the West Virginia continuation of Wolf Gap Road. By the way, the fall colors were delightful on the mountain, with leaves glittering overhead in the sunlight.

October 20, 2009

View with Clouds

I took this picture from our deck this past weekend. After four days of rain, the clouds finally started to lift. I looked out in the morning and notice that the trees on Great North Mountain were frosted with white. I'm pretty sure it was snow because West Virginia Public Radio had predicted snow flurries in the mountains.

I didn't see any on our ridge though. And today the temperature went up to about 70 F., which was lovely.

October 19, 2009

View of our old Chalet

We bought the chalet as a foreclosure back in 2001. It was our vacation home, and later became our full-time home. At that time we thought we would move into our property in Glebe Harbor when the couple renting it moved out.

But I found Glebe Harbor to be too isolated for my tastes. We started looking for a house back here in Basye that was a bit larger than the chalet and wound up in our present home with it's extra bath and large garage.
Edited in Photoshop
Filters include Poster Edges

October 18, 2009

A Rail Fence, Kernstown

This fence is made from split rails but requires more labor than the picturesque zig-zag fence, for holes have to be dug for all those posts.

Scenes at the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival

Mount Jackson, Virginia

Last weekend the town of Mt. Jackson held its annual harvest festival. Above we see some men making apple cider.
Below a youth demonstrates his juggling skills.

October 17, 2009

Dried Flower Sale

Shenandoah County, Virginia
The Mount Jackson Garden Club sold dried flower arrangements at the Harvest Festival a week ago.