Friday, March 29, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Monday, March 25, 2019
As well adapted as forsythia is here in Virginia, it's not native. According to Wikipedia, it's originally from eastern Asia and southeastern Europe. It also doesn't usually bloom here beginning in mid-February as it has this year. It's a much more common sight in March. How about where you live?
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Friday, March 22, 2019
The Cheese Shop is a super popular eatery in Williamsburg. Lots more there than just a sandwich and chips (no, not french fries!), but that's all I wanted on this particular day. Craft beers, however, are all the rage, especially among the college crowd.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
According to its web site, the Williamsburg Farmers Market "features 40 vendors focused on produce, prepared food and farm related products grown or made in Virginia and has been serving between 1,000 and 1,500 people on any given Saturday. The market’s live music and great location at Merchant’s Square in Colonial Williamsburg make it both a local favorite and an attraction for visitors from across the country and around the world."
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
James Monroe, fifth president of the United States, attended William & Mary in the late 18th century, leaving in 1776 to fight in the Revolutionary War. A statue of his likeness, a gift of W&M alumni, was installed on campus April 21 in preparation for a dedication ceremony held April 23, 2015.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Monday, March 18, 2019
I was sorry I couldn't hang around for this event. I'm sure it would have been interesting.
S.C. asked about the name given to the College of William & Mary's sports teams, Tribe. Today that term is used by the college only in the most general sense of a group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest. That's because it hearkens back to the days when the sports teams at the College of William & Mary were known as--are you ready for this?--the Indians (!) to reflect First American history in the Williamsburg area. The way these "first Americans" were treated by colonists, though, has long been a hotly controversial topic. (Not to mention how these truly "first" Americans themselves tried to wipe out the colonists.) So the name was changed in 1978 from Indians, an arguably pejorative term, to the supposedly more generic term, Tribe. Then during the school year of 2006-7, the two tribal feathers that used to be part of the athletic logo were finally plucked.
I, though, think it's a shame we can't find some suitable way to acknowledge the native American history of this area. It's a proud history even if it is a bit messy. But that's the way it is with all history, isn't it? I mean, the just the name William & Mary itself is shrouded in controversy. Think of it! The second oldest educational institution in the United States is named after British monarchs! What's up with that?! It's like that thing called the American Revolution never even happened. Duh!
So, anyway, . . . go Tribe! :-)
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Located on Compton and Brooks Streets, the College of William & Mary's Student Recreation Center was originally built in the summer of 1989 and was renovated and expanded in 2006. Within the cardio areas, you can see the old building that was formerly the front of the building prior to the expansion.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Have you ever visited the College of William & Mary? No? Well, I just happened to cross the campus on my way to the farmers market on Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg one day this past month. Maybe you'd like to come along as I head that way. To get to the campus, though, we've first had to hike along Compton Drive. I know, I know! This is the back way to campus. But I've got my reasons, rest assured. :-)
Friday, March 15, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Woodstock Pond is a 7.5-acre impoundment located within the York River State Park. Known in its early history as Taskinas Plantation, the park was the site of a 17th and 18th century tobacco warehouse where local planters stored crops to be shipped to England.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Another park, another trail, and . . . another map. Ha! Okay, so I'm a little trail happy. But the weather's changing, there are more daylight hours, and I'm in the mood for some more hiking. So . . . welcome to York River State Park, another park on what we call here in Virginia "the peninsula." In this case, we're on the shores of the York River. I had the chance to visit there again just a couple of weeks ago and I took the opportunity to do a really short hike (it was already dusk when I arrived) around another pond, namely the Woodstock Pond shown here in the upper center next to what's called the "Labyrinth." I'll be sharing some scenes from that hike over the next few days.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
So the trail we just followed is what's called the Main Loop on this map, which begins at the trailhead parking and circumnavigates (more or less) the beaver pond and wetlands. What I like about this map, took is the way it clear indicates how the trail is situated between housing developments and next to Jamestown High School. Even in this day when there is an "app" for everything, I still find foldout maps more useful. How about you?
Monday, March 11, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Friday, March 8, 2019
Greensprings Interpretive Trail
James City County, Virginia
Okay, so I never saw a beaver. But you gotta believe they're in there somewhere. 35-acre pond, 200 bird species, 1000 feet of boardwalk--this is my kind of trail. Better in mid-winter, I think. I can only imagine that there are millions of baby mosquitoes out there preparing to hatch as soon as the weather warms.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
I thought you might like a short break from my photographs of houses and to join me over the next few days on the Greensprings Greenway Interpretive Trail near Williamsburg, Virginia. The Virginia Master Naturalists describe it as a "3.5-mile nature trail that loops through a mix of deciduous and coniferous forest, beaver ponds, freshwater marsh and forested wetland. The trail includes sections of wooden boardwalk as well as interpretative signs about the environment, historical events of the early colonists and American Indians and area wildlife. The trail is on wetlands adjacent to Mainland Farm, the oldest continuously cultivated farm in America. Over 200 species of birds have been documented on this site and it is part of the Lower Peninsula Loop of the Coastal Virginia Birding Trail."
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
I shot most of these photos in my new camera's automatic mode, concentrating on simply how to work with both the information provided through its viewfinder and pretty nifty LCD monitor. I'm still not comfortable using the monitor. I'd much use the viewfinder only. But every once in a while I've come across a situation in which the only way to capture the image was by using the monitor. So . . . I keep practicing.
Monday, March 4, 2019
While sharing photographs from Spain over these past many weeks, I've also been exploring the capabilities of my new camera and lens. I'm on a steep learning curve. I started by photographing some houses for sale. They're everywhere these days and there will be more coming on the market as the weather improves. Here in the United States, real estate "heats" up in the spring. How about where you live?
Notice the flare in the upper left hand corner of this first photo? I've since tried to be a little more mindful of the sun's position relative to the front plane of my camera lens. I've got a lens hood. What I don't have yet is a UV filter. That might have helped. I had UV filters for both of my previous two lenses.