March 18, 2018

Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church

This church on Coal Mine Road has a Strasburg address, although it's over 6 miles away in the foothills of Little North Mountain. It was established in 1904.

Sharing with Shadow Shot and Inspired Sunday.

March 17, 2018

Preferred Bird Settings.

I take a fair number of photos of birds and I have preferences when choosing which ones to share. Generally the most desirable setting is the natural environment. 

It was a bonus that these ducks were interacting.

If I can't catch the bird in his natural setting, capturing him perching on a manmade item can be good. It helps if the item is attractive, so that's something to consider when buying feeder poles and other items for your yard. 

Of course, keeping the feeders full will help bring birds around! I have several feeders at the same distance from my window so that I can focus quickly when shooting from indoors.

I've read that photo editors don't want pictures of birds at feeders. Bloggers have more artistic freedom, but I try to avoid pictures of birds with their beaks buried in feeders. I like to see their little faces!  This goldfinch obliged by looking in my direction.

Rules are made to be broken, at least in photography. I like the pattern on this woodpecker's back, so I'm including it's rearview picture.

Sharing with Saturday's Critters and I'd Rather Be Birding.
One other thing: my rules for squirrels are different. They are funniest when stealing from bird feeders! I have more pictures of funny squirrels than I'll ever publish, but I throw one in here once in a while.

March 16, 2018

Mid-March Quintet

1. This image of a stairway started off as a cell phone picture. I cropped off the sides a little bit and converted it to black and white. 

2. I zoomed way in and cropped this goose photo to emphasize the bright orange beak. Not many bloggers are participating in the Orange linkup these days but it's challenging. Sometimes the camera doesn't render orange correctly and it comes out yellow or red.

3. My younger daughter just returned from a trip to Tunisia. Be sure to visit her blog and see her incredible pictures. They will strike a chord with Star Wars fans.
Photo by Marie Javins
4. This is another cell phone shot. Parts of the reflection are wavy and other lines are pretty straight. I wonder if the glass has a plastic coating or something. 

I took this picture, as well as the stairway in #1, when I was in Baltimore. I considered converting it to black and white but I like the blue sky.

5. Saturday is St. Patrick's Day, and I'm prepared because I have a picture of a green display that I saw in Kroger. The beads looks suspiciously like Mardi Gras beads, don't they?

Enjoy your weekend!

March 15, 2018

Rural Strasburg Scenes

Shenandoah County, Virginia.
There are actually farms within the town limits of Strasburg. Here a horse grazes with Riverview Cemetery in the background.

Next we see fence rails casting long shadows in the town park.

If you enter Strasburg from exit 298 on I-81, you'll probably notice the mountain views. You can pull into the parking lot for Burger King or Denny's and take a good look.

I took the final photo outside of town although the area still has a Strasburg address. I am fortunate to live in a pretty area!

Sharing with Fences Around the World and Thankful Thursday.

March 14, 2018

March 13, 2018

Pine Grove School and More

On Saturday there was a small crafts show at this schoolhouse in Clary, which is west of Strasburg. This is the Pine Grove School, built in 1885 and recently relocated to private land nearby. 

Even in winter, the view from the school is pretty.

After we left there, we took a ride out Coal Mine Road and circled back to Route 55 via Wardensville Grade. Here's one of the farms we passed.

Since a cow posed for me, it seems right to show you a closer view of this.

March 12, 2018

More Mercy Murals

Today I drove Lynn back to Baltimore for another appointment at Mercy Medical Center. I snapped a cell phone picture of this artwork depicting charitable works of the Sisters of Mercy. 

A week ago I posted pictures of other artwork at this place. Again I am sharing with Monday Murals.

March 11, 2018

Mountain View UMC

This pretty church sits high on a hill just off Wardensville Grade near the town of Star Tannery, VA.

I took this church picture from the car, as you can see from the hood (and reflection) along the bottom. Also. I'm linking to Shadow Shot Sunday at it's new location.

March 10, 2018

Furry Four

1. This is something that's likely to run out in front of your car at night! Drive cautiously at dusk if you're in deer country. As you can see, she was moving briskly and was not concerned about my car.

2. Flash is napping more and more these days. He is getting old and has had congestive heart failure for over a year now. I took him to the vet yesterday because he was coughing every morning. Dr. Jim increased one of his meds by an additional half pill at night. He also suggested elevating the head of his bed a little to raise his chest, but I don't know if Flash will keep the right position for that to work. Anyway, I gave him the extra dose last night and this morning, no cough!

3. The cat came back! This is Flash's little enemy. She likes to sit on our lower deck. I have a gate on the upper deck to keep Flash from wandering away, and the cat seems to know he can't get out. So she sits there and he barks at her!

Eventually I get tired of the barking and I get his leash and walk him back inside.

4. And here's a cute squirrel! He has no qualms about eating huge quantities of bird seed, which wouldn't be so bad if his siblings didn't join him in this.

March 9, 2018

Skies, Signs, Seeing.

Willy Nilly Friday.

1. Previously I mentioned the 4-H Center. Here's a section of one of their buildings with a windmill on the roof. 
Black and White Weekend.
2. The 4-H Center is open to the public but there are warning signs, including "Caution: Future Leaders of the World at Work and Play."

3. Ever sharpen your focus using your fingers to bend the light? I do this when I just need to read one thing, like a label or a phone number.

4. Forsythia is blooming here so I guess spring is really on the way!
Sharing with Floral Friday.

5. A colorful sky is a nice way to end the day.
Sharing with Skywatch and Orange You Glad It's Friday.