The goal was to finish the house renovations by the end of Labor Day weekend. I came up short but will stick to the follow-up goal of taking a little road trip to celebrate being (almost) free from the shackles of construction. Trim work and painting can wait a few more days. I volunteered to … Continue reading Liberation Road Trip: Orkney Springs
Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve
It's mid-July and I'm just now getting into the swing of summer. It's been a bit dreary around here lately, dampening my general enthusiasm for outdoor summer events. Saturday's excursion was nearly a bust as well, but thankfully my adventurer buddy was more positive than I and we agreed to forge ahead. The plan was to visit the Second … Continue reading Hatton Ferry & Scottsville
I've been grumbling a lot lately about my inability to move forward in various aspects of my life. I am a generalist by nature: learn just enough to get by, then move on to the next thing. But that's no longer enough. I'm in a chronic state of "user error" and I want to get better. … Continue reading Thornrose Cemetery
It's October 26th, and the leaves are nearly past prime. I went out shooting pictures yesterday and today and found - surprisingly - I'm really tired of taking pictures of trees. In fact, I'm kind of tired of doing the same thing over and over and over in every aspect of my life. So, It's time to … Continue reading Primetime Finale
Three weeks until peak foliage season. Looking good!
The previous post entitled "How Green is My Valley" contained photos of the Shenandoah Valley north of Staunton en route to one of my favorite area treasures: Orkney Springs/Shrine Mont. While it's hardly new to me, it has been nearly 30 years since I visited (not counting a couple of drive-bys a few years back). A … Continue reading Orkney Springs
It was a beautiful day in the valley today. Cool, crisp and sunny. Just the way you wished the weather would be all summer long. I'm not sure if I'm saddened or elated by the rust and golden hues in the fields. We have a while yet before fall, but I feel it lurking about … Continue reading How Green is My Valley