Monthly Archives: July 2016
Look close, in front of the trees, and you will see all the narrow posts sticking in the ground. These posts, and the propped branch structure in the foreground, are remnants of a Native American exhibit at Explore Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. The posts circled the area and served as a palisade to fortify the replicated 17th Century Tutelo Indian Village. Large, curved, bark covered dwellings are long gone. I am not sure if the remaining structure was part of a quick dwelling (it seems too small) or a place for fire and cooking or something completely different.
Many other exhibit structures, such as a mill, blacksmith shop, and schoolhouse, are still standing, but the buildings are not open. In its heyday, actors guided visitors through the exhibits and shared historical information about the people of the times and their way of life. Now, the exhibits are all closed and the buildings seem abandoned.
People still go to Explore Park for the miles of hiking trails. The area draws causal hikers and trail racers. It’s a good place to spend some time outdoors. Someday, I want to go back and take pictures of the buildings that still seem interesting to me.
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:
July Haiku (Benched)
July presses on
Forcing respite from the heat
Benched relief of shade
Let’s talk about the weather. It’s hot. Heatwave hot. But I’m not complaining; I reserve that for the winter. I can handle the heat. Let me rephrase. I can handle the heat with a little help from a seat in the shade and air conditioning! Happy summer, y’all!
This is my Version 2 entry into Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons Challenge. Check out his blog for other interpretations of the theme and think about joining us in the challenge! You can see my previous entries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of my page.
I thought this flower was beautiful and took a picture. But, I had to look it up to find out what it was called. I typed in “yellow flower with brown center” and discovered it was a Black Eyed Susan after searching the images! I noticed the tiny hairs on the leaves and stems along with the golden yellow petals and dark brown center dome which lead to the identification. The beauty is in the details.
I also learned that this flower, a member of the sunflower family, attracts butterflies and bees. I learned that there may be medicinal uses for the flower. And, I learned that the symbolic meaning of the flower is justice.
I am posting this photo as my entry for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Details
When I look up, of course, I see birds! I love the iridescent coloring of this starling perched above me in my dogwood tree! The leaves of the tree seem to give enough coverage for the bird to feel safe in observing its surroundings. While I am looking up, it is looking out!
*posted for the daily post weekly photo Challenge:
Here is a cool Gray Catbird that comes to my backyard. It really does make a sound that sounds like a cat meow! For the longest time, I only saw a solitary Catbird. However, just this week, I saw two together. My backyard bird menagerie keeps expanding.
I am posting this as my entry to JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge: cat
If you would like to see more bird pictures, click on the birds header any the top of my page.
If you would like to see my beloved tabby cat, Stripey Boy, you can click here!
These birds are beautiful opposites! The smaller male House Finch on the left and the larger female Cardinal on the right share the same colors but not on the same parts. Just compare their beaks and wings and breasts and tail feathers! It’s amazing, right? They are such opposites that they almost appear the same at first glance!
Happily posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:
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