Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Skyline - Wires, crane, chimneys

Chimneys and weather vane

Wires and construction crane

Friday, August 21, 2009

Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry

The Appalachian Trail was proposed by Benton MacKaye in 1921 and completed in 1937. It was designated the first National Scenic Trail in 1963. The 2,178 mile trail runs along the mountains from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine and crosses the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry. Most of the trail runs through national and state parks, though some sections cross private land. The trail is cooperatively managed by the National Park Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The main office and visitors center is in Harpers Ferry. The trail runs along the crest of South Mountain for 41 miles through Maryland.

Trail beside the tracks on the CSX Railroad Bridge

Looking across the Potomac River toward Maryland

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A message to my love

Happy Birthday Marianne!!


Many more to follow!!

DSL working - Update Aug 20

DSL magically reconnected at 12:56 AM and I am back online. DSL was working at 7:30 AM, down at 10:54. Verizon technician arrived about 12:30 PM, went straight to the outside box and conditioned the line for DSL. Then he came inside to check the modem and his tests showed things ok. He said that line conditioning was 98% the cause of the problems.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

DSL again

My hopes for reliable DSL have been dashed! My connection has returned to being up for a minute or 2 and down for three or more. Verizon Tech was scheduled to be here today, but no sign of one yet. Call to the 800 number before supper said I should be hearing from someone soon!!!

A stroll through Harpers Ferry

Shenandoah River

Here are a few more shots to complement my post for My World Tuesday.

Corner closest to the point

Shops and houses from Hogs Alley

Shenandoah Street

Internet problems

My DSL connection has been unreliable for the past few days. I was lucky to get My World Tuesday posted yesterday. And after a couple of hours on the phone with verizon tech support, I had email restored, but not Internet. About an hour ago, I got back online and hopefully with a reliable connection.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cicada shell

I was sitting on the deck taking a break from mowing the grass, when I spotted this strange creature on a fence post. So I got my trusty Nikon and took a couple of shots. It is the shell of a Cicada that has molted and is now up in the trees singing for a mate. Then it was back to finish the mowing ( and pull a few weeds).

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pointed wheel

Closeup of a wheel at the Vintage VW show

Monday, August 10, 2009

Parting is such sweet sorrow

Michael and Chris are back home in SC and it is very quiet here tonight. We met their Mom and Dad in Pulaski, VA. We had lunch, visited awhile, and then hugs before going our separate ways. Love you guys! Be good and see you soon!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

This one's for Quilly

I have seen this yellow Mustang at one of the nearby shopping centers many times, but never noticed the "theme" until I parked beside it today. It probably belongs to someone who works in one of the shops or restaurants, as it is there many of the time I stop by. It would look great in one of Quilly's beach scenes.

Dream transportation

We took the grandsons to Longhorn steakhouse for dinner last night and as we were leaving, Chris said "Whoa! Look at that!" and disappeared across the parking lot. He soon yelled "Poppaw, get your camera!" So I did and went to see what had caught his interest. There sat a Boss Hoss motorcycle powered by a 502 cubic inch, water-cooled, Chevy V8. Chris recently got his driver's license, and is itching for a set of wheels. But I think he is going to have to settle for the old pickup - that is once he and his Dad get it running again.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Skyline - Spires

Evangelical Luthern Church

Church spires are a well known feature of the City of Frederick skyline. They are visible approaching the city from most directions. I took these images walking through downtown with my grandson on Saturday. These churches date to before the Civil War and several were used as hospitals during the war, caring for the wounded of both the north and south.

St. John Catholic Church

St Timothy Chapel

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Colorful little birds

I caught a Ruby Throated Hummingbird in the sunlight this week showing his colors and a Goldfinch has been visiting.