The Robin Experience

During the last month, I chronicled the life of an American Robin and her 3 hatchlings living on my front porch.  The first baby made its entrance on May 5th, and the last left home on May 19th.  From egg to flight in a mere 14 days.  I am completely amazed by nature.  I hope … Continue reading The Robin Experience

Sunset

It's not very often that we get a spectacular sunset here in the Valley, but there was definitely something peculiar going on in the stratosphere today. Every direction you looked, there was a different cloud formation and color palette. Of course, I couldn't help but do a little sunset chasing on my way home from … Continue reading Sunset

Thornrose Cemetery

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

Primetime Finale

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

Photo Editing

I can't afford proper photo editing software, so I've been playing around with a couple of free online programs.  Pixlr.com looks a bit like Photoshop and can easily handle basic formatting and  exposure compensation issues.  But there are times when I take hum-drum photos and want to do something to spice them up. Today I … Continue reading Photo Editing

Orkney Springs

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’s All in the Details

I just took an online quiz about my personality based on the things I like.  Official result?  I am weird (their words, not mine).  That explains... everything. I did actually Google for insight on what our likes say about our personalities.  I lost interest in continuing the search after tripping over that little gem of … Continue reading It’s All in the Details