Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year from the Creek

Photos from Our Place on Kerrs Creek in Rockbridge County, Virginia

Back of the barn and the old Model T shed...

Our old house...112 years old..

Jack our by the creek in front of the house....

Front of barn, out-building, and another shed...Buddy's "Blue Monster" truck...


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NatureFootstep Waters 12-29-12
Our World Tuesday 1-1-13
Barn Charm 1-7-2013

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

It's Snowin' on Kerrs Creek

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I Had Company for Luncheon Today

We got our second mini snow today, and who did I see but my little pal. Guess he was really hungry because I did not seem to upset him too much. I have to giggle a bit when I look at his position in the first picture. Can you imagine eating your dinner holding on like that? It is so good to be back online.  I've missed you all and hope that each and every one of you has had a wonderful holiday and you are ready to ring in 2013. Time just flies by when you are busy taking pictures!

Being such a newbe to photographing birds, I had to go to my Sibley's book to try to identify this fine feathered friend. After looking at all the pictures of woodpeckers, I have decided that I THINK it is a Downy. Please help I right or wrong? Remember, I need all the help I can get.

These are both SOOC other than cropping and adding my name. 

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Remembering the Children ~ December 14, 2012

On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and damaged or destroyed 324 other buildings. Of the 168 people killed, 19 were children. Today we lost 20 children and 6 adults in a senseless killing spree at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. After the Oklahoma City killings I did a series of cards entitled "Remembering the Children." Tonight I went upstairs and searched out that series of little watercolors, and I am posting them for our Skywatch Friday. As you can see, my little drawings depicted the children as angels floating up through the blue sky to Heaven. My artwork is terribly primitive, but it came from the heart in 1995, and it once again comes from the heart on December 14, 2012...a heart that is weeping once again.

Going Home Too Soon

The Journey Has Begun

Suffer the Little Children To Come Unto Me

The Littlest Angels

Love Thy Neighbor
(This sketch represents the children in the nursery who lost their lives.)

My contribution to Skywatch Friday.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Red Hill Farm ~ Lexington, VA

This home dates back to the Civil War. It sits at the top of a winding road so this was all I could capture of it from down below. You are seeing only the second floor. It is a huge old place in excellent shape with lots of chimneys and porches. Maybe one day I will get up nerve enough to go drive up the driveway, knock on the front door, and ask the owners about the history of the place. I pass it going in and out of town and continue to be in awe of its beautiful architecture and amazing longevity. I can just picture ladies in their long dresses with the crinolines under them and those floppy colorful hats on their heads sitting on the verandas enjoying the good life.

This post is linked with Tricia's Barn Charm.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Eloise and Her Shadows

More Pictures from Chestertown and Genie's Favorite Model

Come on Mom and Dad....move it....I'm ready to go sightseeing!

Now, what does it say?

I'm finally taller than you, Mom.

Hey, Baga...look at me... almost no hands. 

O.K....I've had enough fun for one day. Let's hit on the road.
 I'm ready to go home.

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Mr. Stripes

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For those of you who are interested, here are the shots in color.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Golden Sunrise

Taken with Canon PowerShot D20 about 30 Seconds Apart 

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Is It a Hawk?

Yesterday this fellow flew into the school's side door where we enter everyday. He was stunned for a bit and then was taken over to the old rusted chain link barrier where he sat to be photographed. At that time I did not know who had taken the pictures. I was just handed  the SD card, and asked to identify the hawk. I said I would put the photos up on my blog and see if one of my birding blogger friends could help me out. Today at lunch I found out that it was our reading specialist and yearbook sponsor, Amy Woody, who had taken them so I need to give her all the credit for the great shots.  Now, the question is....what is he? I got out my Sibley book, and my guess is he's a hawk and possibly a northern goshawk. I do not see any orange on the head, his tail bands are uneven, and he looks speckled. So, I have decided it is not a cooper's hawk ( that is what one of the staff thinks it might be) but rather a juvenile goshawk...or a juvenile sharp-shinned hawk (a suggestion from TexWis Girl). His feathers look brownish in some shots and grayish in others depending upon the lighting. I may have it all wrong, but I am trying. Remember, I am a true new-be to the identification of nature's fauna.I need all the help I can get. As for Amy's pictures, I think she did one fine job.  

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A Walk at the Beach

Pictures from Our Walk on and along  Betterton Beach 
Eloise is not in any of them  because she refused to come along. She wanted to stay at the house with her Aunt Mattie and make table decorations for Thanksgiving dinner.

I love the Boulevard bit. The street is just a narrow little roadway that runs parallel to the water. It doesn't go very far before you hit a dead end...not my idea of a boulevard.

One of the Piers at Betterton Beach.

Auntie Sarah and Patti 


Gene and Auntie Sarah 

All I can say is I seem to be the designated family historian and photographer. I keep thinking one of my children will assume the role, but I am still at it. I guess it's what grandmothers do. To be honest, I really do enjoy it.

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