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.
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