Just a beautiful day in our part of the world. I went to photograph one of Frederick County's covered bridges and spotted this 1882 barn on the way home.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
David McMahon of authorblog was challenged to photograph a flying butterfly. As it is still winter down under in Melbourne and the Aussie butterflies don't like cold, he has to wait awhile before undertaking the challenge. I have been watching one of these small (about an inch long), white creatures (possibly a moth?) flit around our yard for several weeks. It would follow the fence down one side, across the back and up the other side. I had never seen it land on anything. Today I got my camera and followed it as it went around the garage and landed briefly on the salvia, took a sip of nectar and was off again. For a more colorful butterfly in flight, see Quilly's post.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
As I was cutting the grass around the birdbath, this little creature (about 1 inch long) jumped out of the way. I got my camera and got a few shots before he disappeared in the tall grass. A little later, this butterfly was stretching his wings on the same birdbath.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday we said good-bye to the grandsons at our usual meeting place just off I-81 in southwest Virginia. After lunch, Marianne and the boys, along with the boys' Mom and Dad, posed for a final picture before we departed in opposite directions. Last night was awfully quiet here and we will both take a few days to adjust to them not being here.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Today I took the boys to Cunningham Falls State Park to see the falls for which the park is named. It is about a 20 minute drive and 20 minute hike to the falls from our house. We were disappointed in the water flow - the falls are more spectatular after Spring rains.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Storms passed through the DC area today leaving damage and power outages. We were on the edge and got a little rain, thunder and lightning, but no damage here. I took this picture of rain on the windshield as I was running an errand.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I finally got a few shots of Marianne's hummingbird this afternoon. Usually when she tells me it is on the flowers just outside the patio door, it is gone before I can retrieve my camera. Her second post of the little one is here.
Yesterday we took a trip up to Philadelphia to visit some of the places where our founding Fathers began this nation. Our main goals were the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and a Philly cheese steak sub. We also took an unplanned tour across the Ben Franklin bridge to New Jersey when I ended up in the wrong lane getting off I-95. Back in Philly, we found parking ($16 for the day), and after a short walk and we were at the Independence National Historic Park Visitor Center. There we got tickets (free) for Independence Hall and the boys got a couple of souvenirs.
The Liberty Bell is now housed in its own building across Market Street from the Visitor Center. It also has several rooms of information about the history of the bell. See Marianne's post for more photos of the bell.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Today we took the boys to another park with more space for biking. There are about 2 miles of paths winding around the baseball, soccer, and football fields. Our outing ended on a sour note when Michael took a spill; only injuries were a scrape on his elbow and his ego (see Marianne's blog also).
Karen guessed my mystery photo with her theme for this week. This is the Monocacy Aqueduct which carried the C&O canal over the Monocacy River. This picture was taken standing in the bed of the old canal as it approached the aqueduct.
George Washington first proposed making the Potomac River navigable in the 1750's. The River has falls that make travel by boat impossible. Just upstream from Washington, DC the river drops 75 feet in about one-half mile. Initially, the plan was to construct five canals around the impassable spots. This helped, but was not adequate, so plans were made for a canal paralleling the river all the way to the Ohio valley. Construction of the canal began in DC in 1828 and reached Cumberland in 1850. Eleven aqueducts were built, with this one the longest, at 438 feet. Steel braces were installed to stabilize the structure after the flooding caused by hurricane Agnes. In the 1990's an effort began to restore the aqueduct. A partnership was formed to raise awareness and funds for the restoration. The restoration was completed in 2005.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
After a week of hot and hazy days, the skies rumbled and grumbled and flashed and dropped lots of water and a little hail on us today. It started before dawn, jolting Marianne and the boys (I slept right through it). This afternoon, I took Chris up to do some practice driving in the school parking lot and as we were finishing another storm came through. I then went to get a propane refill for our outdoor grill, thinking we would have a cookout today. The storm pictured above was leaving town, but when I got home the next one was arriving, so we cooked our steaks inside. I took only a few pics, all of the sky.
The mystery number is 7! Gas had dropped to $3.89 earlier in the week and when I went to fill up yesterday it was $3.79. That is an amazing 24 cents in two weeks.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Gas prices have been in the news a lot this year and the oil companies just announced record profits. Can you guess the missing digit on the price I paid today? (I took a different approach today and give you the full picture with one part photoshopped out. )
Boubou and big "e" nailed Thursday's mystery.