September 25, 2020

Views from My Deck and from Dickey Ridge.

1. Morning glory, growing in a pot on my deck.

2. Black and white: These drops are propelled by a very small solar-powered fountain in my bird bath. It took me quite a few shots to catch a decent photo.

3. I photographed the fountain from above but failed to get the drops in focus. I like it anyway. 

4. Yesterday at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, Shenandoah National Park.  The building is not open on Wednesdays or Thursdays this year so I took a picture of the window with its reflections

5. Skywatch: I turned away from the window and got a picture of the view. No doubt I've taken pictures of this view a few dozen times, at least. 

By the way, September 26 is National Public Lands Day and admission to the park is free. However, since it is a Saturday the park may get crowded. 

6. People are wondering when the foliage will change in the mountains. I only saw a few trees that had donned their autumn colors so be patient. Check back in three or four weeks.
7. I took a short walk while in the park. I parked at the Lands Run lot and crossed Skyline Drive to the Hickerson Hollow trail. I did not venture far because I had a sore toe as well as weak ankles. I took some pictures with my cell phone. 

I saw a hiker on a trail farther up the hill and checked out the trailhead when I got back to the road. It's part of the Dickey Ridge Trail, which runs 18 miles from Front Royal to the Appalachian Trail near Compton Gap. 

That little building turned out to be made of cinder blocks and looks abandoned. I suppose it was a maintenance shed of some kind.



  1. ...morning glories are a delight.

  2. Great image of the morning glory!
    My second favorite is the folks at the overlook - beautiful view
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Hello,
    Pretty captures of the droplets and bokeh. the morning glory is lovely. Pretty scenes from the park. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

  4. The morning glory photo is exquisite! Glad you had a nice little outing.

  5. Loved the drops (and salute you for your efforts in capturing them!) - always enjoy hearing about trails, as I'm not much of a hiker these days either.

  6. What a beautiful area! Love the morning glories. And wow, what an amazing photo of the drops!

  7. Pretty photos. We had a solar powered fountain in our bird bath, but had trouble adjusting it. The water splashed out and the bird bath would be empty after a day. I like the way you were able to freeze the drops in midair!

  8. I really love that first photo of the flower especially.

  9. Your morning glory truly deserves its name: glorious! Autumn coloring is at its best in Finland, it will come to you too... Wonderful shots, happy Sunday Linda.

  10. The park looks like such a nice place to view nature. Very pretty morning glory shot.

  11. I think I could just repeat a comment I know I’ve made are so lucky to live near that trail!

  12. Lovely Morning glory..It would be my pleasure if you join my link up party related to gardening here at


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