Morning Mist

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

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Things Made with Wood

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

Mountain Photo Challenge

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