October 31, 2009
October 30, 2009
In the National Forest, Fort ValleyWe 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
I added filters in Photoshop to emphasize the edges and make the picture look spooky.
I think this is the same friendly cat that I photographed two years ago in Orkney Springs.
October 28, 2009
October 27, 2009
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
October 25, 2009
|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
Near the North Fork of the ShenandoahMentioned as the Steenbergen property owned by John G. Meem in this 1867 article.
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
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
October 21, 2009
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.
SOLDIERS AND SETTLERS
In Memory of
the soldiers and settlers
who lost their lives
in Hampshire County
French and Indian War
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
See my other posts related to the French and Indian War:
October 20, 2009
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
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