Thursday, June 30, 2011

Daily Photo and Skywatch Friday ~ 7-1-11

First Cut

These hay bales are in a huge field I pass going to and from work...and they are only the first cut. The stash will be far greater in the weeks to come.

"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.” 
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

This post is linked with Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Daily Photo ~ 6-30-11

 Oh, So Pretty

"Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.”  

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Daily Photo ~ 6-29-11

The Old Wolmerdorf Body Shop
Route 60 West, Rockbridge County, Virginia
This old shop is about 4 miles from our house. Like so many, it is no longer in business but rather just has old cars parked around it. Double click on the awning and you will see it is an old Chevrolet fender...pretty clever.

"The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people.” 
~ Tom Peters

This post is linked with Ruby TuesdaySigns, Signs, and Rednesday.

That’s My World Tuesday ~ 6-28-11

Mr. Stevens’ Home and Old Root Cellar 
Yesterday I posted a picture of Mr. Steven’s barn where my old Land Rover still R.I.P.’s, and today I am sharing one of his home... one of the those very, very old homes in Rockbridge County.This is a wonderful structure that dates back to the Civil War era. My shot was taken from the right side close to the barns.
“The world is a playground, and life is pushing my swing.”
 ~ Natalie Kocsis

This post is linked with That’s My World Tuesday.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Barn Charm ~ 6-28-11

Mr. Steven’s Barn ~ Rockbridge County, Virginia
This barn hold a very special place in my heart. Mr. Steven’s was a dear friend of ours who passed away around 10 years ago. He was a fine mechanic and always worked on our cars. Back when we were teaching Ridge, the 46 year old son, to drive out in our front field, my husband let him drive the Land Rover back across our bridge to the house. Sadly, Ridge turned the steering wheel too far to the right, flipped the car, and he and Buddy ended upside down in the creek...unhurt! Geeze, did that thing make a BIG noise! Of course, we called Mr. Stevens, and he came down and pulled it out of the creek. We decided to let it go because it was going to cost so much to get it back to where we could use it, and instead gave it to our friend. Mr. S. may be gone, but our old Land Rover still sits there in his barn all of these years later. I see it every afternoon driving home from school and wish we still had it. That car was my favorite of all time. It could drive up a mountain without a bit of trouble, but it did not to so well upside down in the creek.

Daily Photo ~ 6-28-11

Laurel Run at Goshen Pass
Rockbridge County, Virginia

"Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving.  
And movement is life."  
~Carrie Latet

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Daily Photo ~ 6-27-11 ~ The Beauty of a Singer

The Beauty of a Singer
As I was throwing my bags of garbage into the bin at the dumpsters today, I spied this very old Singer sewing machine sitting off to the side. It was not in working order, and I doubt it could ever be fixed to run again. Considering I already have 4 machines, I decided to photograph it instead of taking it home to collect dust. The beauty of the scroll work was what caught my eye.

"May your bobbin always be full!”
 ~Author Unknown

This post is linked with Macro Monday and The Creative Exchange.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Daily Photo ~ Shadow Shot Sunday ~ 6-26-11

Sidewalk of Shadows
"In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.” 
~August Sander

Daily Photo ~ 6-25-11

Our Tadpole Birthing Pond

Frogs have it easy, they can eat what bugs them.
~Author Unknown

Friday, June 24, 2011

Weekend in Black and White ~ Weekend Reflections ~ 6-24-11

For some reason, I was fascinated by the reflection of the trees in this little puddle. I almost missed it...glad I looked back. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I keep thinking it looks like a sweet potato with drawings on it.

"Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life some rain must fall.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This post is linked to Weekend Reflections and Weekend in Black and White. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Daily Photo ~ Skywatch Friday ~ 6-24-11

Hiking up High

Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, and robes the mountain in its azure hue. ~Thomas Campbell

This post is liked with Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Daily Photo ~ 6-23-11

Eloise beside the Wheat Field
"A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween.”~Erma Bombeck  

This post is linked to Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday. This week we were to use Kim’s textures with a picture of a person. I used her “subtlyyours” texture X 2 and her “Framelt” frame.

 I am also linking up with Beverly’s Pink Saturday. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Daily Photo ~ Signs, Signs ~ 6-22-11

Of all the visits I have made to Still Pond to visit my daughter, it wasn’t until this last time that I noticed this most interesting historical marker. I was really taken aback by it, and decided to take a picture to share with the rest of you. These women were ahead of their time so here is hats off to Mary Jane, Anne, and Lillie for casting those first votes for the rest of us back in 1908.

"Why is a woman to be treated differently? Woman suffrage will succeed, 
despite this miserable guerilla opposition.”
 ~ Victoria Woodhull

"In 1872, Victoria Woodhullbegan her campaign for President. Her running mate was abolitionist, former slave and intellectual Frederick Douglass.    At that time, women weren’t even allowed to vote yet, she was running for president.”

This post is linked to Lesley’s Signs, Signs.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Daily Photo ~ Mosaic Monday & Mellow Yellow Monday ~ 6-21-11

Today my husband and I went to Andre Viette’s Nuresery in Fishersville, VA. This is a nursery known for its beautiful day lilies, peonies, hostas, shade perennials, and wonderful gardening instructional courses. These shots are of different varieties of coreopsis which were especially appealing to me. We came home with four new plants, so I am a very happy camper tonight. 

"Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.”
~Jeremy Bentham

This post is linked with Mosaic Monday


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Daily Photo ~ Skywatch Friday ~ 6-17-11

Sky, CLouds, Rocks, Trees, and Mountains
These are just some of the things you see when you are out hiking.
Somehow I lost this post and all of its comments so I’m reposting it for my records even though the date is out of order..

This original post of this photo was linked to Skywatch Friday.

Daily Photo ~ Barn Charm ~ 6-20-11

The Barn at Camp Maxwelton
Rockbridge Baths, Virginia

My 3 grandsons have been going to this camp for 8+ years. I am so lucky that it is located only about 20 minutes from the house. A fellow teacher owns the camp which has been in his family for over 50 years. Inside the barn, in addition to the horse stalls, is a great climbing wall, and when it rains the building is used for talent shows and other get-togethers. It is a wonderful, wonderful, place to spend a month each summer. If you really want to see how beautifully this barn is kept, double click on the photo and then click again. It is really interesting.

"Camping:  The art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower and flush toilet. "
~Author Unknown

This post is linked to Barn Charm at Bluff Area Daily.

Daily Photo ~ 6-19-11

It’s Bailing Time

"Work and pray, live on hay, you'll get pie in the sky when you die.”
~Joe Hill

Friday, June 17, 2011

Daily Photo ~ Weekend Reflections ~ 6-18-11

Take a Hike ~ It’s Great for the Spirit and the Body
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ~ John Muir
This post is linked with Weekend Reflections at Newtown Daily Photo.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Daily Photo ~ 6-16-11

Country Air Strip and Hay Field
Four small planes fly in and out of this little airfield which is only about 6 miles from the house. As you can see, it is also a hay field. Guess it was a good thing no one needed to get out today. There was way too much going on for any flight to take off. Enlarge the shot so you can see the planes in the upper left hand corner.

"Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.”

~Amelia Earhart

Daily Photo ~ 6-15-11

  First Water Lily of 2011

“Wealth, the beauty of youth, and flowers are guests for only a few days. Like the leaves of the water-llily, they wither and fade and finally die.”
~Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Daily Photo ~ Watery Wednesday ~ 6-14-11

Boat Dock on the Chester River
Chestertown, Maryland

Steven’s Pressure Washed Dock

"You might as well expect rivers to run backwards
 as any man born free to be contented penned up.”
~Chief Joseph

This post is liked to Watery Wednesday.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Daily Photo ~ Texture Tuesdays ~ 6-13-11

Mattie’s White Picket Fence

"Fear is the highest fence.”
~ Dudley Nichols

This post is linked with Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday. For this photo,I used two of Kim’s textures: “paperstainedmusic” and “primmed.”

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Daily Photo ~ Weekend in Black and White ~ 6-12-11

The Charm of the Country
 Still Pond, Maryland

"As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration.  I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children."
~John Adams

This post is linked to "The Weekend in Black and White.”

Daily Photo ~ The Creative Exchange ~ 6-11-11

My Field of Dreams

This is that magical place along my morning route to work where I am always stopping to take pictures. The snows are gone, flowers are in bloom, but there is still that frequent fog. This shot will be the end for a while as Monday is my last teacher work day for this year. I will not be back on this path until the end of August. 

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
~Epicurus(greek philosopher, BC 341-270

This post is linked to Lisa Gordon’s "The Creative Exchange.”

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Daily Photo ~ Skywatch Friday ~ 6-10-11

Humpback Rocks
Blue Ridge Parkway near Waynesboro, VA
“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty 
has wasted thirty years of his life.”
~Mohammad Ali

This post is linked with "Skywatch Friday,


"Shadow Shot Sunday.”

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Daily Photo ~ Signs, Signs ~ 6-9-11

While on our way to NC for Memorial Day Weekend, we stopped for a bit of a stretch and a walk around one of the rest stops. When I was coming back to the car, there in front of me across the interstate was this HUGE guitar. I couldn’t believe my eyes....and you know the rest of the story. Out came the camera, and I began shooting. It was such a one-of-a-kind image, l attempted to turn one of the shots into a postcard for future use. All I can say is the thing took my breath away it was so big!

“Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed, ultimately, in its practiced.”
~Max Depree

This post is linked with "signs, signs.”