Sunday, September 30, 2018


Learned that these window galleries in Valladolid are as practical as they are lovely. They serve to keep the house warmer in winter as well as cooler in summer.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Plaza Mayor

"he Plaza Mayor is presided over by a statue of the founder of the city, Pedro Ansúrez constructed in 1903 by Aurelio Carretero.

"On the northern flank of its rectangular layout, stands the Casa Consistorial, seat of the Town Hall of Valladolid. The previous building, dating from the sixteenth century survived until 1879, but had been reformed over time. For example, in the mid-nineteenth century, a tower for a clock was built in the center of the facade. The existing building had a long beginning. First there was a design contest for the new Consistory, a project won by the local architect Antonio Iturralde, who presented a draft that, while the winner, not well liked. Iturralde died in 1897 and Enrique Repullés and Vargas took over the work. The Iturralde draft was discarded and a new building of Beaux-Arts architecture was constructed and completed in 1908." ~ Wikipedia

Friday, September 28, 2018


Physical maps, even in this Google age, are still good.

Edificio de la Unión y el Fénix

Plaza Mayor

Thursday, September 27, 2018


My first stop on my way to the starting point of my hike after leaving the airport in Madrid was the Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas in the ancient pre-Roman city of Valladolid.

It's a monastery of Cistercian nuns established by Pope Clement III in 1187 to feed and care for poor pilgrims traveling the Camino de Santiago.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Camino Bound

Just got back from Spain where I hiked some 100+ kilometers of the Camino de Santiago. But my journey started, as many do, at National Airport where I caught a small commuter flight to New York's John F. Kennedy airport. I'll share images from that trek over the next several days to give me both a time to catch my breath and to reflect on the experience.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018


This is a campground along the Potomac River (background). It's normally high and dry. But as you may be able to tell from this photo, it's now mostly underwater with more flooding expected as Florence drops its prodigious moisture on the Appalachian mountains.

This will be my last "live" post for a while. I'll be hiking for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I'll pre-post several more days of local pics. See you again soon! 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

At-Risk Trees

A number of the trees I walk among, like the one below, are in danger of being undermined by our unusually wet weather. 

Friday, September 7, 2018


I pass by this lovely stand of liriope most every morning. Popular, even though many people wish landscapers would use native plants.

Thursday, September 6, 2018


Albertville, home to the Mueller Company, styles itself as the "Fire Hydrant Capital of the World." 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Kind of looks like an unripe potato, huh. But it's actually the fruit of the pawpaw tree, a species native to the eastern United States and Canada. This time of year you mostly find them where I found this one, rotting on the ground. According to Wikipedia, chilled pawpaw fruit was a favorite dessert of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson planted it at his home here in Virginia, called Monticello.

Monday, September 3, 2018


I don't normally capture the Washington National Cathedral in this view of the sun rising over D.C., but I did just manage to squeeze it in this time shrouded as it was in fog. The photo should enlarge for better viewing if you click on it.

Sunday, September 2, 2018


Encountered a bit of debris . . .

on my morning walk . . .

leftover from last Friday night's thunderstorms.

Saturday, September 1, 2018


Blacksmiths showing visitors to the C&O Canal National Historical Park about the trade as it was practiced by smiths during the canal's heyday.

CDP Theme Day