April 23, 2021

Flowers, Driving, Walking.

It's springtime and Virginia looks glorious! I was able to get outdoors this week so I have a surplus of photos. I'll try to give you an overview, starting with a pink dogwood in our yard. 

Friday Bliss / Garden Affair 

Last Saturday we had to take some old boards to the landfill so we loaded up Frank's SUV. He drove so I took a few cell phone pictures along I-81. 
Skywatch Friday

On Sunday, I went up to Skyline Drive in the late afternoon, after doing things around the house while Frank cut the grass.

I spotted some white wildflowers at an Browntown Valley Overlook. I got close to take a picture and saw they were bloodroot.

Floral Friday

Now that the weather is nice, I'm making an effort to take a walk as often as possible. On Monday I walked at Cedar Creek Battlefield, starting at the lower entrance to the Morning Attack Trails.
Signs, Signs
"Following the successful Confederate surprise attack, Union forces from the 8th and 19th corps formed battle lines across the woods and fields in front of you, in the hopes of slowing the overwhelming Southern assault moving in this direction. This included the 8th Vermont (whose surviving veterans later dedicated a monument to their sacrifice) and troops under Colonel (and future President) Rutherford B. Hayes. This fighting delayed the Confederate advance long enough for the rest of the Union army, on the other side of the Valley Pike, time to readjust their lines."

Redbud trees were in bloom along the trail, as they are along many roads in Virginia.

On Wednesday I had an appointment in Harrisonburg. Trees and sky were reflected in the windows of the building where I had a scan to screen for osteoporosis. (I don't have it yet. My mother had it so there's always the possibility.)
Weekend Reflection

At that point I was on Port Republic Road so I drove to that town for a look around. I've been there a number of times and it is worth a visit. 

This sign was on the bulletin board and it was one I hadn't seen before. "Report Feral Swine." 

There were flowers blooming and the town was charming. I also went to the nearby town of Grottoes but those scenes will have to wait. 

That night the weather turned cold and windy but on Thursday afternoon, I went to Maurertown and took a walk at the Shenandoah County Park. I stopped to take some pictures of the barn that once served the county poor farm. 

Yesterday was even colder so I took my walk along the river where it is sheltered. This is in Strasburg Town Park. 

Today it was Frank's turn to have a medical appointment. It was in downtown Winchester so I walked around a block or two while I was waiting. Flowers were blooming there too. 


  1. Love your spring shots and my favorite is the first photo - dogwood flowers!

  2. ...your pink dogwood, bloodroot and red bud are sure signs of spring.

  3. Such a beautiful springtime post!

  4. Blooms are everywhere now. Such a great time of the year.

  5. Great to see your flowers blooming. They are uplifting!

  6. I love how you are fully engaged and aware of your surroundings.

  7. Don't you love this time of year when everything is blooming? Nice shot of the dogwood flowers.

  8. Beautiful spring blooms are always a lovely sight to see.

  9. You have so many beautiful blooms, and pretty skies! The feral pig sign is interesting!

  10. Love that Dogwood and that Redbud!

  11. Beautiful flowers, nice reflection and I love the river photo!

  12. Wonderful spring shots ! Tulips are looking beautiful. It would be my pleasure if you join my link up party related to Gardening, Nature an birds here at http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/2021/04/oxygen-releasing-plants.html

  13. Beautiful blooms of Tulips, Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.


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