Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Butterflies have been abundant this year, most attracted to the wildly happy and growing butterfly bush we put in near our screen porch. Those bushes vibrate from morning ’til dusk with colorful motion, butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds exploring the deep...
Rock’in The Bourbon Whisky

Rock’in The Bourbon Whisky

We made this day trip to garner Father’s Day presents.  My mountain neighbor (meaning she’s only one ridge or so over) Heidi’s father loved his Scotch.  Mine will put anything in his coffee so we figured we had a match and the prospects of a fun day....
Hiking The Wagon Trail

Hiking The Wagon Trail

A fairly level trail on our property, actually an old wagon road, leads from the top of our driveway to the western edge of our property where a creek marks that boundary of the third parcel.  It is about 3/4 of a mile out and back, a 20 minute walk at a slow pace. ...
After A Spring Rain

After A Spring Rain

Mid-April the warming weather brings spring rains, a greening landscape and abundant flowers.  The clear winter landscape, low clouds and spectacular sunrises give way to bright spring colors. Our pollinator garden is becoming bright green and a few wildflowers are...
Vultures in Spring

Vultures in Spring

One morning we watched a turkey vulture sit on the grape arbors with its wings outstretched for nearly an hour.  It was one of the first warmer days of spring and the vulture was increasing the surface area of its body to allow the sun to more easily warm it....
Area Highlights

Area Highlights

Downtown Roanoke was one of the first things that charmed us. The central downtown area is very walk-able with tree lined streets, historic buildings mixed with modern sky rises with interesting shops and restaurants tucked in.  It has an unhurried, casual vibe that...
Super Blood Wolf Moon

Super Blood Wolf Moon

There is minimal light pollution on this property, yes still some but far less than in more urban areas and that lends itself to some star gazing. In January 2019, we were treated to the sight of a ‘super blood wolf moon’ and the view was amazing. This...
Pioneer Grave Site

Pioneer Grave Site

Hiking in the ridge above the house there is a small, isolated grave site on what was probably once a beautiful overlook, now grown in with underbrush. This site, of course, should be treated with the utmost respect.  It should not be disturbed.  It is possible to...
Winter Frost

Winter Frost

Every once in awhile, we get winter frost in a way I had not seen out west. Every time this phenomena occurs, I run outside with my camera to take photos until it’s so cold the camera stops working or my hands do because it’s so so very beautiful.  It...
Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

From the property looking across the southern valley, cutting across about 2/3 of the way up the mountains you can see the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is a beautiful drive no matter what time of year, but just before it’s closed for the season you can get gorgeous...

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