We got a well needed 5 inches of rain over the past 3 days and we are very thankful for that. Hopefully it will help with our drought. As you can see there was fog on this mountain.
Brianna and I went out this morning to take some photos. This has started to become a regular mother/daughter bonding time. I thought it had stopped raining and wouldn't rain on us..... but I was wrong. It rained - but we didn't get too wet. The trees still had color although there were LOTS of leaves on the ground. Another nice day!
Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. ~James Thurber
I caught the leaves just as they fell onto the pond. It was a bit windy, as you can see from the ripples in the water. The sky was a bright blue which is reflected in the shot with the yellow leaf. The three pointed leaf was near pines, so the green of the pine is reflected.
I left my comfort zone last Saturday and took a few people pictures. I really don't have a feel for people pictures at all. Brianna (my dear daughter) has been the subject of most of my people shots. She is also my photography companion. She really has the "eye" for unusual shots. A few of her shots are at http://www.onewhothinks.blogspot.com/ . Take a look.
More history about the New River and how it got it's name
I got this info off of the Friends of the New River Website.
Tracing the Origins of the New River’s Name by Kelley Trear
The New River, long in its history and in its length, has an equally long list of theories on how it obtained its name. The search for the New River’s name begins with early European explorers who happened upon the New River and presumed that they had found the river that would lead them west to the other side of the New World. In 1651, Edward Bland sent a pamphlet to London, England describing the western territories of Virginia and North Carolina, naming them New Brittaine and New Virginia. Then when he came upon a river that was unmarked on existing maps, Bland applied the title of “New” to it. Another noted European to see the New River was probably Colonel Abraham Wood, who sought trade with the Indians in 1654. The river became known as Woods River until about 1754. One educated guess regarding the origin of the name is the theory that in the late 1700s or early 1800s, surveyors were working their way across the new country. When they happened on the New River, they discovered that it wasn’t on any of their existing maps, so they charted it and labeled it as “a new river.” Another version of this story attributes the label "a new river" to Peter Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson’s father.The official name change to New River seems to have occurred between 1740 and 1750, although the two names, Woods and New, were used interchangeably in records and on maps in other states until about 1770. No one can really say for sure how the New River acquired its name. But as long as it keeps flowing, there is a chance that someone will discover how this old river became “New.”
I found this info from the FONR (Friends of the New River) website and thought it very interesting.
Despite its name, there is nothing new about the New River. In fact, the river is the oldest in the United States and second-oldest in the world. “I’ve heard dates of anything from 10 million to 360 million years," says FONR board member Lynn Sharp of the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History. "I usually just say it’s ancient.” The New River has its origins in northwestern North Carolina, near the towns of Boone and Blowing Rock. By the time it merges with the Gauley River in West Virginia near Charleston to form the Kanawha, it has flowed north through parts of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. In 1998 the New River was designated as one of fourteen American Heritage Rivers.
I took these shots back in August. Brianna and I set out early one Saturday in hopes of finding some interesting things to photograph. We were both taking a picture of the same flowering bush/tree, then I started "shooting" her.
As Jim and I drove into the Izaak Walton Park on Saturday we came upon a group of turkeys. Of course I didn't have my camera out........and they fled as soon as we came close. We parked quite a ways away and I started walking down that road again later to see if they were back. They were! I still wasn't able to get very close but I thought I would share these with you. I'm sure most of you have seen wild turkeys before. They are absolutely beautiful creatures!
Firehouse Flags and Founder..... try saying that 3 times fast! It was a very windy day when I saw these flags flying at our local firehouse. I was hoping to catch them both "full out". But it didn't quite happen that way. The top flag, of course, is the American Flag, the bottom is the State Flag of Virginia. The other picture is the historical marker that is located in downtown Blacksburg telling about the founder, William Black.
There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot. ― Wendell Berry So many sights to see when I go for my walks! I'm pretty sure that these are mushrooms growing on the tree in the first pic. Shelf Mushrooms perhaps? I'm not sure about the gray/white ones. I thought they looked interesting.
The neighbors down the street have Alpacas. I think they are so cute. This house has quite a bit of land with it so it is perfect for them. There is a dark brown one along with this blonde , but he didn't want his picture taken.