Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hiking and Climbing in the Mountains

     Hiking and climbing in the mountains has become a big thing with our boys.  They love to hike and climb and on this particular day they made the most of their time.  They both thoroughly enjoy the out of doors, much to our pleasure.  It is a joy to watch them run and hike the trails and climb trees on the mountains.  At the same time, I experienced just a twinge of sadness watching them  as I realized that my babies are fast growing up.  Even though it is a good thing, and I would not want them to remain babies, I still miss those days a bit.  For more beautiful fall scenes, go to Scenic Sunday.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Autumn Sky

     On a recent trip to the Shenandoah Valley, we were privileged to enjoy this beautiful autumn sky combined with the brilliant colors of the fall foliage.  A day that started out somewhat cool actually turned out to be rather mild and a great day for hiking mountain trails.  For more beautiful skies, visit Skywatch Friday.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Nice Break

     After slaving over the books for nearly nine weeks, it was really nice to have a little free time Saturday to enjoy myself with the family.  We traveled to the Shenandoah Valley, one of our favorite haunts this time of year, and were treated to the splendor of God's handiwork.  The color was unbelievable.  I am really looking forward to Christmas break when I can take the time to paint one of these scenes on canvas.  For more great scenery, visit Scenic Sunday.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Up, Up and Away!

     A beautiful summer sky had me dreaming a bit as I watched some planes passing overhead, taking off and landing at a nearby airport, BWI.  The light wispy clouds in a bright blue sky were quite mesmerizing.  I love to travel and was transported in my mind to lands far away.  For other great photos of the sky  visit Skywatch Friday.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pumpkin Time

     I love the brilliant colors of fall which I normally associate with the changing foliage, but the vivid colors here are just another example of the beauty of autumn.  Taken several years ago at Catoctin Mountain Orchards, these photos reminded me of some of the natural beauty of the season. From the bright orange of the many pumpkins to the various brilliant colors of the flowers, Catoctin Mountain Orchards was an entrancing place to visit.  Looking back,  I enjoyed seeing my sons at  a younger age.  It   is difficult to imagine them being this small.  For more scenic photos, visit Scenic Sunday.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The National Cathedral

     On a sightseeing excursion in the city of Washington, D.C., we had the pleasure of visiting the National Cathedral.  It was a warm summer day with a beautiful blue sky set off by fluffy white clouds.  Visiting relatives greatly enjoyed our tour of D.C., especially the National Cathedral.  For more picturesque sky photos, visit Skywatch Friday.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Looking Forward

     My favorite season of the year is fall, and one of my favorite haunts during this season is the Shenandoah Valley, more specifically the Skyline Drive.  This was one of the first places my husband took me after my arrival from the Philippines, and I thought I had never seen anything so beautiful in all my life.  These photos were taken a few years after my arrival in the U S and the foliage was well past its peak; however, even then there was a mystical beauty that seemed to surround this place.  I look forward to revisiting this area every year, and I am hoping to go back within the next two weeks.  For more scenic photos, visit Scenic Sunday.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Thrills in the Sky!

     At an air show last spring, my son and I were able to observe many different thrilling stunts, but this had to rank near the top.  These men parachuted down into a tiny circle that was their target.  What a great time watching all these fun activities.  For more sky photos, visit Skywatch Friday.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Beautiful Potomac

     Sometimes we miss the beauty close by.  Here are a few photos from a scenic park overlooking the Potomac River that we took several years ago.  The beauty of the park still remains in my mind as well as the peaceful solitude.  While there was a group of tourists there earlier, for much of the evening we were alone to enjoy the beauty of this little park by the river.  For more scenic photos, visit Scenic Sunday.

She is amazing!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Lesser Light

     In my mind, nothing compares to a beautiful full moon in the night sky.  In Genesis it is referred to as a lesser light, but the sheer beauty of this part of God's creation is breathtaking.  I always look forward to that time of the month when the moon is full and love taking photos of it.  Having its own romantic and mysterious quality, the moon has long held a strong allure for humankind for many different reasons.  For other wonderful sky pictures go to Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

He "Leaded" Me!

     As can be seen by these pictures, both of my sons are real climbers.  Not too long ago, I was conversing with a fellow student in the city of Washington, D.C.  Looking around and hearing my son's cheery "Hey Mom!" I glanced up to see him mounted atop a street sign, grinning down at me.  Today I found them both on the clothes pole outside our house.  However, the younger one pictured above, came running to us crying about his hand which he complained was burning him.  I checked his hand, and sure enough, there was a blister which he had gotten sliding down the rope on our rope swing.  He had climbed up about ten feet and rubbed a blister on his hand when he came back down.  He was emulating his older brother who had climbed about fifteen feet up and was encouraging him to do likewise.  Many times Matthew treats Everett's achievements as his own triumphs.  I said to Matthew, "You must be careful.  You are causing Everett to do things that could hurt him."  Everett immediately chimed in while still sobbing, "Yes, Kuya leaded me."

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Step Back in Time

      Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is one of my favorite places to visit.  It just makes one feel as though he has been able to take a step back in time when driving through Amish farm country.  With its beautiful rolling hills and farmland, one feels as though he has removed himself from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Observing the Amish methods of farming with horses and mules and their transportation by horse and buggy, I am always amazed by their adherence to the past in trying to avoid worldliness. The shops are always a source of enjoyment with their homemade and handcrafted products.  Visiting Lancaster melts away the cares of everyday life.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Once in a Blue Moon

     I am sure we have all heard the saying "once in a blue moon."  That phrase took on new meaning for me recently as I was fortunate enough to snap this photo.  While not a particularly great photo, it still captures the essence of this beautiful, full blue moon.  Later that evening I heard on the news that the lovely moon I had photographed would not reappear as a blue moon for another three years in the year  and.  I understood then with greater clarity the meaning of that expression, and I was reminded again of how easy it is to miss out on some of the little things in life that can be so pleasurable and meaningful simply because we are too busy to take the time to look.  I am so glad I was able to see this blue moon, for it may be the last "blue moon" I will ever see.   One never knows.  For more great sky photos, visit Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Jonah in Lancaster!

     I always enjoy visiting Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  I especially enjoy watching one  of the shows at Sight and Sound there.  Last week Hubby drove us to Lancaster for a field trip for my boys whom he is homeschooling.  We saw Jonah and the Whale.  What an experience that was!  My eldest son was amazed by the special effects and kept asking "How did they do that?"  He has an inquisitive mind and had to know all the details.
     The setting for the theater is beautiful, and the photos here do not do justice to the beauty of the building itself.  The productions are always worth seeing, spectacular and inspirational.  I look forward to being able to see another production in the future.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Wild Black-eyed Susans

     I loved these Black-eyed Susans growing wild and had to get a photo.  I thought it would make a great photo for Mellow Yellow Monday.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The National Arboretum

     The National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. is a fantastic place to visit if one enjoys natural beauty.   We were struck by the beauty of the many different varieties  of plants and flowers as well as the setting provided for them.  We thoroughly enjoyed visiting this place.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Early Field Trip

     This year my husband is homeschooling our boys.  We decided-at my prodding- to take them to see Jonah and the Whale at the Sight and Sound theater in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  I love that area and really enjoy our visits there.  It was a great day for our family with beautiful blue skies, cool temperatures, and a bright sun.  We stopped here just outside Smoketown to enjoy a buffet of great Pennsylvania Dutch food before going to the show.  The show was fantastic!  My elder son could not contain his curiosity as to how they were able to achieve all the special effects.We all really enjoyed our first field trip early in the school year.  For more blue skies, visit Skywatch Friday.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Peace During the Storm

      Assateague Island, one of my favorite places to camp, was also the scene of a rather harrowing adventure my first trip there.  We had gone to camp with another family who were close friends, and when we arrived, we received word that a tropical storm was on the way.  We set up camp that afternoon under a bright sun, but as the day lengthened, the sky grew ominously dark.  The wind picked up and the waves started to crash onto the shore.  Hoping the storm would pass out to sea, we spent a few fun if somewhat nervous hours around the campfire that evening.  Around eight o'clock a fine drizzle developed, soon turning into a driving rain.  By midnight a howling wind enveloped us, so strong that Hubby had to hold the tent supports to keep the tent from flattening on top of us.  It seemed as though that wind lasted forever, but it really was only a few hours before the fierce winds abated.  Finally we were able to get some sleep.  Somehow, despite the ferocity of the storm, I really felt a peace knowing that the Lord would protect us. 
     Today this is an experience I enjoy reliving in my mind.  I love Assateague and have been back once in the intervening years and would like to go again.  Where else can one see this kind of beauty, roaring seas flattening out to a serene, shimmering, blue surface just a couple days after the storm; wild horses and deer coming right into camp, and beautiful sandy beaches.  Oh, I forgot to mention a major benefit of the storm.  The strong winds blew all the mosquitoes inland, so we did not have to deal with them.  Visit  Scenic Sunday for other great places to see. 
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