Thursday

Radford, Virginia - Along Main Street


"Well I was born in a small town 
And I live in a small town 
Probably die in a small town 
Oh, those small communities" 
- John Mellencamp

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Ghost Signs in Radford Virginia


History is a symphony of echoes heard and unheard. It is a poem with events as verses. 
~ Charles Angoff

This is what Wikipedia says about Ghost Signs:

ghost sign is an old hand-painted advertising sign that has been preserved on a building for an extended period of time. The sign may be kept for its nostalgic appeal, or simply indifference by the owner

Ghost signs are found across the world with the United States, the United KingdomFrance and Canada having many surviving examples. Ghost signs are also called fading ads[ and brickads. In many cases these are advertisements painted on brick that remained over time.  Old painted advertisements are occasionally discovered upon demolition of later-built adjoining structures. Throughout rural areas, old barn advertisements continue to promote defunct brands and quaint roadside attractions.
Many ghost signs from the 1890s to 1960s are still visible. Such signs were most commonly used in the decades before the Great Depression.

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Monday

Radford Virginia - Time for a Visit


“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” 
 ― J.R.R. Tolkien

Image made along Main Street in 
Downtown Radford, Virginia.

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Thursday

Blue Ridge Parkway Views - Trees and Fence


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. 
~ John Muir


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Sunday

Rock Castle Gorge - Another View from the Blue Ridge Parkway


“Going to the mountains is going home.” 
 - John Muir

Another view of Rock Castle Gorge on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Wednesday

Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway


Oh, give me the country! where grass is green; 
 Where the roses bloom with satiny sheen; 
 Where the modest violet lifts up its head, 
 As on it the warmth of the sun is shed: 

Give me the country! where all is serene; 
 Where the air is pure and fragrant and clean, 
 And noise of the city is far away; 
 Where gaiety thrives through each night and day. 

God made the country, so lovely and fair!, 
 Its wide open spaces for all to share; 
 Where joy and contentment each one may find 
 If he, earnestly, seeks for peace of mind.
 ~ Gertrude Tooley Buckingham


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Monday

Rock Castle Gorge on the Blue Ridge Parkway



“Wherever we go in the mountains, or indeed in any of God's wild fields, 
we find more than we seek.” 
 ― John Muir  

 Jim and I took a trip up to the Blue Ridge Parkway on Sunday. 
This was shot from the Rock Castle Gorge overlook.

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Tuesday

Male Cardinal - Hiding Behind the Leaves


Go and dare to create your own adventures. 
Elana Lindquist

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Saturday

Wednesday

Give Me Shelter - Male Cardinal Under the Maple Leaf


"Perhaps love is like a resting place, a shelter from the storm. It exists to give you comfort, it is there to keep you warm, and in those times of trouble when you are most alone, the memory of love will bring you home.” 
 ― John Denver

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Monday

Pink Dogwood


"Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer." 
 ~ Geoffrey B. Charlesworth


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Saturday

Dogwood Blossom


"The Poet's garden is the world, 
 Or where in pomp the clouds are hurled 
 In wreaths of glory, high upborne ! 
 Sun, moon, and stars ; the dewy morn, 
 The lark's loud lay ; all fragrant flowers, 
 The fleecy winter summer's showers ; 
 All blend harmonious in his verse 
 His garden is the UNIVERSE !" 
 James Rigg (1897)

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Thursday

Iris Petals of Purple


"What a pity flowers can utter no sound!—A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle ... oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be!" 
 - Henry Ward Beecher


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Monday

Bunny in the Clover


“The sun just touched the morning;
 The morning, happy thing,
 Supposed that he had come to dwell,
 And life would be all spring.”
 ― Emily Dickinson

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Thursday

Asian Pear Blossoms


"Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day." ~ 
W. Earl Hall 

Asian Pear Blossoms 
Pyrus pyrifolia 
 'Olympic Giant'


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Sunday

Garden Pond


"The air is like a butterfly 
 With frail blue wings. 
The happy earth looks at the sky 
 And sings." 
- Joyce Kilmer

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Tuesday

Sweet Magnolia


“It’s up to us to choose contentment and thankfulness now—and to stop imagining that we have to have everything perfect before we’ll be happy.” 
 ― Joanna Gaines

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Monday

You Go First


“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” 
 ― William Faulkner

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Sunday

Tufted Titmouse In Flight


The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. 
~ Author Unknown

I FINALLY captured a bird in flight - the entire bird 
(usually I end up cutting something off)
and in focus!
Taken 03-18-17 on my walk along Deerfield Trail.

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Thursday

Nest Building Mourning Dove


"Gentle Spring's around the corner, 
Waiting just to show her face 
And to bring us flowers and sunshine; 
Winter's almost run his race! 
Be not, then, my friends, discouraged 
That there's cold and ice and sleet; 
For Springtime soon will be with us, 
And the flowers we will greet: 
Daffodils, so bright and yellow, 
Hyacinths of varied hues, 
As they nod their heads, in gladness, 
Telling us they bring good news..." 
~ Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

Mourning Dove gathering twigs for the nest 

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Tuesday

House Finch in the Snow


“Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.” 
 ― John Burroughs  

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Monday

Curly Tailed Mallard


Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. 
 ~ Author Unknown     

Spring Tulip


I've banished Winter, 
saith the Spring, 
 Awake! arise, ye flowers! 
 Brisk breezes blow, 
 Bright sunshine glow, 
 And rouse the young Year's powers. 
 ~ Henry James Slack

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Thursday

Northern Flicker


Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life. 
~ Rumi

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Wednesday

Heart in the Tree


"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved." 
 ~ Barbara Johnson

Sunday

Forest Stream at Hungry Mother State Park


“As long as I live, 
I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. 
I'll interpret the rocks, 
learn the language of flood, storm, 
and the avalanche. 
I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers 
and wild gardens, 
and get as near the heart of the world as I can".” 
 ― John Muir

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Wednesday

Winter Reflections at Hungry Mother State Park


What a severe yet master artist old Winter is.... 
No longer the canvas and the pigments, 
but the marble and the chisel. 
~ John Burroughs

Reflections of the Visitor Center and cabin
in Hungry Mother Lake at Hungry Mother State Park
in Marion, Virginia.

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Thursday

White-crowned Sparrow


Kindness, like a boomerang, 
always returns. 
~ Author Unknown

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Sunday

The Art of Flowers - Japanese Anemone


"We can make room for more experiences of radiance, peace, and beauty; 
and when we do, they arrive. 
When we make an intention 
to experience peace, 
when we value it enough 
to make room for it
 and invite it into our busy lives, 
it arrives bearing gifts."

— Gina Lake 
from her book  
What about Now?: Reminders for Being in the Moment


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Tuesday

Tall Trees In Winter

Along a path at Hungry Mother State Park
Marion, Virginia 

Trees are sanctuaries. 
Whoever knows how to speak to them, 
whoever knows how to listen to them, 
can learn the truth. 
They do not preach learning and precepts, 
they preach, undeterred by particulars, 
the ancient law of life. 
Hermann Hesse

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Wednesday

Canoe Reflections

Hungry Mother State Park - Marion, VA 

The imagination is a palette of bright colors. You can use it to touch up memories — or you can use it to paint dreams. 
~ Robert Brault

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Sunday

Claytor Lake Landscape

Claytor Lake State Park - Dublin, Virginia 

“I think the only answer is to live life to the fullest while you can and collect memories like fools collect money. Because in the end, that's all you have - happy memories.” 
 ― Sarah Strohmeyer

Wednesday

The Guest

Mourning Dove in the Snow 

 "The happiest chap I ever met,
 The freest of all dark regret,
 Was one who deemed his days to be
 A gift of hospitality

 With God his Host; and as His guest
 Viewed everything with interest.
 And like a grateful visitor
 Who wished to even up the score,
 Did all he could both day and night
 To give his fellow-guests delight."

The Guest By JOHN KENDRICK BANGS

Monday

Male Cardinal as the Snow Falls


THRO' THE DEPTHS
By JOHN KENDRICK BANGS

 Underneath the fields are sleeping.
 Overhead the ice is gleaming,
 Underneath the rills are dreaming.
 Overhead the clouds are piling,
 But beyond the skies are smiling.
 Overhead the snow is falling,
 Yet I hear soft voices calling
 To my soul, through winter groping,
 Bidding me to keep on hoping,
 For that through such chill as this is,
 Through the arctical abysses,
 Nature leads her sons and daughters
 On to springtime's sunny waters.

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Saturday

Snow Day


“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? 
And then it covers them up snug, you know, 
with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 
"Go to sleep, darlings, 
till the summer comes again.” 
 ― Lewis Carroll 

Our first snow of 2017 
(shot earlier this morning 01-07-17)
 It was really coming down for a while.

Friday

Fat and Fluffy - Blue Jay in the Snow



“Forget the place you're trying to get to 
and see the beauty in right now...” 
 ― Evanescence

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Thursday

Bridge Reflections at Hungry Mother State Park


“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.” 
 ― Joseph Fort Newton  

 We visited this wonderful state park over the holidays.  
Jim had been there on a family vacation about many years ago when he was a boy and had always wanted to visit again.  I had never been but had always seen pictures of this bridge (from various perspectives) and I have wanted to shoot it for a LONG time.  I finally got my chance!

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Wednesday

Tree Island at Hungry Mother State Park


"For last year's words 
belong to last year's language 
 And next year's words await another voice."
 T.S. Eliot

From our visit to Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia.

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