This is one of my favorite photos from a mountain retreat my middle child and I took the fall of 2014. It was a rather stressful time for both of us, but since we were homeschooling and had the freedom for a spur-of-the-moment excursion, we jumped in the minivan and drove three hours to a KOA cabin in the Shenandoah Valley, not far from Skyline Drive. It was a very relaxing time for both of us. We did some things together, and other things on our own, and we took turns choosing our together-activities. I won’t say we are inseparably close today, but there was some bonding formed as a result of our long-weekend getaway.
To capture this photo, I had to rise before dawn and drive for about an hour. Needless to say, this was one of my solo activities, as my son is not fond of rising before the sun, unless it’s to go hunting. To be honest, neither am I. Perhaps that’s why I like the photo so much—because it’s a rare one for me, and it required a certain degree of effort to obtain.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental—Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. Continue reading
Many thanks to Jansen Photo for the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Yellow and the opportunity to share some of God’s wonderful creations which I’ve come across here and there. Photos are from various places in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.
Many thanks to Cee’s Photography for this challenge.
These photos were taken at The Bascom, a center for visual arts in Highlands, NC. The gallery was closed when we arrived, so we walked around to see what we could see outside on the grounds. It was all quite fascinating, with an outdoor classroom, a nature trail used by students for observation, several iron sculptures made from recycled tools and parts, clay sculptures awaiting firing, and some wood sculptures as well. Continue reading
I saw Nancy Merrill Photography‘s post in my Reader list this morning, and decided to play along, since I absolutely love the mountains!
Here are some of my favorites….
Lovers waiting for the sunset, Skyline Drive, Virginia, 2014
Rainbow Falls in Sapphire Valley, NC, 2012
A monument to our fallen heroes, near Newmarket, Virginia, 2014
Stone Mountain, North Carolina, 2012
Narrows Falls, Sapphire Valley, 2012
Acrylic painting of Narrows Falls, 2013
Evening view from a mountain near Luray, Virginia, 2012
Triptych acrylic painting of Virginia mountain sunset, 2013
Virginia countryside outside Culpeper, 2013
Panoramic view of the mountains on Skyline Drive, Virginia, 2014
While hiking on a lonely trail,
My goal: another mount to scale,
And feeling rather wearisome,
I pause in sweet delirium
Upon a bridge where blows a gale.
Fragile yellow bloom
stretches toward the sunlight
nothing else matters