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Chipmunks

My visit to the Shenandoah National Park this past week was nothing short of spectacular. We were there to hike, but a heavy storm came through in the middle of the week and caused us to change our plans. But that didn’t stop me in looking for photo opportunities along the way. While my friends…

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American Black Bear

Driving along skyline drive in the late afternoon after a full day of high winds and rain, the weather began to clear. The road winds in and around the mountains with sweeping landscapes filled with autumn colored forests and clouds misting over the mountainside. It was time to return to the Big Meadows Lodge for…

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Cunningham Falls

Cunningham Falls located in the Catoctin Mountains Park is the largest cascading waterfalls in Maryland. Beautifully adorned in the early autumn, a perfect lunch spot on an arduous hike. The cool waters soothing the soul. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace,…

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Setting Sail

Setting Sail out to the mountains, by land you see. As the leaves are starting to change the color and there is beginning to be a crisp in the air. The mountains are calling me, along with their furry friends. It’ll be wonderful to return to the Shenandoah mountains for a short respite from the…

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Along the Forest Path

The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps…

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On an Adventure

Perhaps the year was 1960 high in the Andes Mountains on the edge of Lake Titicaca on the Bolivia side. Traveling, my mother and two older sisters were ready to embark on an adventure. Where they were to go, only they know. Perhaps to the Island of the Sun. Image captured by William E. Carter,…

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Cooper’s Hawk

There’s been a bird feeder in the garden this past week. Not the one that you can buy at Home Depot, but rather one with feathers. This beautiful Cooper’s Hawk has been swooping into the Cherry tree at the manor, hoping for some little birdy delicacies. Looking up…looking down…looking all around.

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Yellow Rumped Warbler

Warbler migration seasons is quickly quieting, and these charming and beautifully decorated birds won’t be seen again until the spring migration. There’s still hope that I’ll manage to find some later this week, so in the meantime I keep watching the garden to see what I can find. The Yellow Rumped Warbler, affectionately known as…