Thursday

Amazing Insects - Hummingbird Moth


"Look everywhere. There are miracles and curiosities to fascinate and intrigue for many lifetimes:.." 
Jay Woodman

My First of Year sighting of a Hummingbird Moth
Heritage Park - Blacksburg, VA
07-09-17


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Tuesday

Resting On Purple

"Nature is not a place to visit, it is home." 
 - Gary Snyder

Cabbage White Butterfly 

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Monday

Chili Pepper Art


You can't use up creativity. 
The more you use, the more you have. 
- Maya Angelou


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Thursday

Life Delights In Life


"For everything that lives is holy, 
life delights in life." 
- William Blake  

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Wednesday

White Hydrangea


"Teach us delight in the simple things,
And mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And love to all men beneath the sun."
- Rudyard Kipling 


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Monday

In Love with Lavender


“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.”
 ― Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Thursday

Driftwood Beach in Black and White

"I realized if I wait until I'm not scared to try new things, then I'll never get to try them at all.” 
 ― Marie Sexton

Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island in Georgia 

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Wednesday

Monarch Butterfly on the Milkweed


“There are only two ways to live your life. 
One is as though nothing is a miracle. 
The other is as though 
everything is a miracle.” 
 ― Albert Einstein

First of Year Monarch Sighting for 2017 
Seen Sunday 07-09-17 
Heritage Park, Blacksburg, Virginia

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Tuesday

House Finch Hanging Around


"May you see the world with wonder. 
 And may you imagine only good things." 
~ Charlene Costanzo

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Monday

Monarch Caterpillar


"Life is a voyage of discovery." 
 ~ Unknown  

 I found it! My first of year Monarch Caterpillar - Seen July 2, 2017

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Friday

Lavender To The Sky


"Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas." 
- Elizabeth Murray

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Thursday

Lavender Macro


“A garden to walk in 
and immensity to dream in--
what more could he ask? 
A few flowers at his feet 
and above him the stars.” 
― Victor Hugo

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Tuesday

Lilies In the Garden

“Anything you can do to make the world a more beautiful place is worth trying.” 
 ― Dorian Cirrone

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Monday

Female Goldfinch in the Flowers


"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses." 
 ~ Hanna Rion

Female American Goldfinch in the flowers
at the Hahn Horticulture Garden,
Blacksburg, Virginia 

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Sunday

Delightful Dragonfly


“Fear never scaled one mountain, never stepped up on a stage, never accepted a challenge, never tilled new ground, never walked in a race; he never even dared to dream. Fear failed to slay a single dragon. Remember this before you choose to keep his company.” 
 ― Richelle E. Goodrich

A Widow Skimmer Dragonfly (I think)

I used to be so afraid of dragonflies. Of all kinds of insects really - until a little over 10 years ago when Jim purchased my first camera for me. Since then I've been hooked on viewing nature - and some of it quite closely. The intricacies of the wings of a dragonfly make my heart sing



Thursday

Green Heron


Beautiful memories tell our story, and wrap themselves in ribbons of the heart.  
- Flavia

From our trip to Jekyll Island, Georgia
Summer 2016
A Wonderful Memory

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Tuesday

A Bambi Moment


“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” 
 ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

During our visit to Pipestem State Park I was blessed to see
a very sweet wildlife encounter.  
I am on the 7th floor of the hotel looking down and
see a raccoon and deer nose to nose.  
It was a real-life Bambi moment! 

Wednesday

After The Rain - The Bluestone Gorge at Pipestem State Park



It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. 
~K.T. Jong

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Sunday

Sunset Over the Bluestone Gorge - Pipestem State Park


“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, 
but to add color to my sunset sky.” 
 ― Rabindranath Tagore

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Monday

Grackle In the Pines


To look at any thing, 
 If you would know that thing, 
 You must look at it long... 
 John Moffitt

Tuesday

Bathing Beauty


"In small proportions we just beauties see, 
And in short measures life may perfect be." 
- Ben Jonson

American Robin takes a bath

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Monday

Male Cardinal and His Berry


"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright." 
~ Henry David Thoreau


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Thursday

Robin Fledgling


"Everyone is the age of their heart." 
 ~ Guatemalan Proverb

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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


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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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