Thursday

The Last Sunrise of 2020

If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, 
not tomorrow or next year…
Today should always be our most wonderful day.
– Thomas Dreier

Sunrise - December 31, 2020
7:23 AM


Sunday

Winter Art - Tufted Titmouse in the Snow

“Spread love everywhere you go." 
 – Mother Teresa

Print Available - HERE 

Carolina Wren Belts Out a Tune

“He who sings scares away his woes.”
― Cervantes

Carolina Wren sings his song.
I captured this image
during a Mid-December visit to Claytor Lake State Park.
We purchased a 1 year pass to Claytor Lake back in September and have visited many
times since then. Lots of outdoor space!
Jim has taken up bike riding, so he rides his bike
while I take pictures. It's a Win Win Situation!

Friday

Saturday

Sunrise and Freezing Fog


“O, Sunlight! 

The most precious gold to be found on Earth.” 

— Roman Payne


Sunrise 12-19-2020

7:19 am


Thursday

Female Cardinal with Ice on Her Feathers


“Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day of the year.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our weather event here in Blacksburg, VA yesterday was
an ice event, not a snow event (although it did start snowing a bit last night).
I chose this image to show you the
ice accumulating on the Female Cardinal's feathers.
The birds didn't seem to be bothered by it and eventually shook it off.

Male Cardinal Poses for His Portrait

“You can always give something, 
even if it is just kindness.” 
 – Anne Frank

Tuesday

Winter Lady

“Kindness is free. Sprinkle it everywhere.”
– Unknown

Print Available - HERE

Sunday

Bare Branches and Blue Sky


 “Trees are poems that the earth 
writes upon the sky.” 
- Khalil Gibran

Print Available - HERE 

Saturday

More Tree Hugs

“Hugs are the universal medicine.”
- Unknown

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An Amazing Sunrise


"The Lord's unfailing love and mercy still continue Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise."

Lamentations 3:22-23 (GNT)

 An Amazing Sunrise seen just off of my back deck 

12-12-2020 - Blacksburg, Virginia 

Friday

White-breasted Nuthatch


“We can’t heal the world today, but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, 
an act of kindness.” 
 – Mary Davis

More Nuthatches - HERE 

Thursday

Carolina Wren in the Snow


 

“You can never know the ripple effect you create with one tiny gesture of kindness.” 
– Elle Sommer

Print Available - HERE 

Monday

Blue Jay with Cold Feet

“How beautiful a day can be
when kindness touches it.”
― George Elliston

Print Available - HERE

Thursday

The Hopeful Cardinal

"Love awoke one winter's night
And wander'd through the snowbound land,
And calling to beasts and birds
Bid them his message understand.
And from the forest all wild things
That crept or flew obeyed love's call,
And learned from him the golden words
Of brotherhood for one and all."
- Author Unknown

Print Available - HERE

Wednesday

Brown Creeper - Creeping Up the Tree

The seeker embarks on a journey to find what he wants and discovers, along the way, what he needs.
~ Wally Lamb

Print Available - HERE 

Saturday

Frost on the Flower


“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”
~ Stanley Horowitz

Print Available - HERE

Along Dora Trail - Pulaski Virginia

"Each moment of the year has its own beauty... 
a picture which was never before 
and shall never be seen again." 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson  

Print Available - HERE 

Sunday

Birds of Autumn - White-throated Sparrow

"He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart."
~ J.A. Shedd

Print Available - HERE

Saturday

The Blues of Autumn - Eastern Bluebird


"Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!"
~ Amanda Bradley

Print Available - HERE

Thursday

Cedar Waxwing in Autumn


 “It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” 
- Germany Kent

More of my Cedar Waxwings - HERE 

Monday

Tufted Titmouse Forages in Autumn Leaves

"Live your life as a curious student and you will discover how fascinating it is."
― Elena Ornig

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Tuesday

Autumn Light


"Love is but a song to sing
Fear's the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
Some may come and some may go
We shall surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moment's sunlight
Fading in the grass
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
If you hear the song I sing
You will understand (listen!)
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It's there at your command
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
I said, come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
Right now
Right now"
Songwriters: Chester Powers / Chester William Jr. Powers
You will remember is as a song sung by
The Youngbloods from the 60's

Autumn Print Available - HERE

Saturday

Blue Jay Flyaway

"A miracle is often the willingness to see the common 
in an uncommon way. "
~ Noah Benshea

Print Available - HERE 

Bird World Beauty - Female Cardinal

Make the most of yourself, 
for that is all there is of you. 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Female Cardinal seen during a visit to 
Bisset Park, Radford, Virginia
July 2020.

Thursday

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Autumn

"And the sun took a step back,
the leaves lulled themselves to sleep,
and autumn was awakened."
- Raquel Franco

Print Available - HERE

Monday

Bluebird Beauty

"The bluebird carries the sky on his back."
- Henry David Thoreau


More of my Bluebirds - HERE

Sunday

New River Trail State Park - Pulaski Virginia

“The world is yours to explore.”
Anonymous

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Well, if I can't explore the world, at least I can explore my little part of Virginia.
Jim and I visited a new (to us) portion of
The New River Trail State Park. The beginning of the trail is
in Pulaski, Virginia. As you walk about a 1/2 mile or so, you come upon this view - another converted train trestle.
I was much less scared to cross this one. It was about 60 ft high over Peak Creek, which was running swiftly after the rain we've had. The neat thing about this trestle is that it is curved. You cannot see around the curve of the trestle all of the way to the other end. It was another great day of exploring local sights.

Squirrels Just Wanna Have Fun


“Today was good. Today was fun. 
Tomorrow is another one.” 
– Dr. Seuss

Print Available - HERE 

Friday

Blue Jay in my Backyard

"When you are reluctant to change,
think of the beauty of Autumn."
~ V.B. Brown

More of my Blue Jays - HERE

Thursday

Fungi in the Forest


"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." 
Mahatma Gandhi

Print Available - HERE 

Monday

Autumn Flight - Tufted Titmouse

"I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Print Available - HERE

Saturday

Colorful Autumn at Claytor Lake State Park


"And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves..."  
Virginia Woolf

Print Available - HERE 

Monday

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Flight

"Wouldn't it be an exhilarating tonic for the soul to take a moment to appreciate the simple, good things in life which are so bountiful...?"
~ Author unknown

Print Available - HERE

Sunday

Mockingbird in Autumn

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

Print Available - HERE

Eastern Bluebird in the Shade of Autumn

When happiness settles upon you... sit very quiet and remember the colors. 
 ― Diane Lee Wilson

Print Available - HERE 

Sassafras Leaves in Autumn

...I see 
 the turning of a leaf 
 dancing in an autumn sun, 
 and brilliant shades of crimson 
 glowing when a day is done... 
 ~ Hazelmarie "Mattie" Elliott

Print Available - HERE 

Monday

Pileated Woodpecker in the Rain

"Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life."
- John Updike

Print Available - HERE

After several days of beautiful weather, the rain came.
I was fortunate to hear the call of a Pileated Woodpecker,
ran to the window, and captured this (through the window)

Sunday

The Burning Bush

“Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them—
The summer flowers depart—
Sit still— as all transform’d to stone,
Except your musing heart.”
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Saturday

Forest in Autumn at Claytor Lake State Park

 


"Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize."
- George Eliot
aka - Mary Ann Evans 

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Image captured during my walk at 
Claytor Lake State Park - 10-09-2020

Friday

Autumn at Claytor Lake State Park


“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” 
- Oscar Wilde 

Claytor Lake State Park - 10-09-2020

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Reflections at Foster Falls - Max Meadows Virginia


  “It’s a beautiful thing for mind, body, and spirit to take some time daily for reflection.” 
- Anonymous

Foster Falls in Max Meadows, Virginia
Part of the New River Trail State Park

Print Available - HERE 

Saturday

Bridge over the New River at Hiwassee Virginia


“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”
– William Feather
An old Train Trestle converted into a pedestrian bridge forcyclists and walkers.  This spans the New Riverat Hiwassee, Virginia and is part of The New River Trail State Park.This State Park spans 57.7 miles from Pulaski, Virginia to Galax, Virginia.
Print Available - HERE 

More Leaf Peeping

"And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves..."

- Virginia Woolf 

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