Sunday, March 31, 2019

Tree Falls

Hiking has been a bit dicey this past month with so many windstorms. This was only the latest victim. Some hikers have even begun laying bets on which ones might be next. :-)

Friday, March 29, 2019

More Wood Frogs!

Sorry for the lousy cinematography! Ken Burns, I'm not. Plus it was the first time I've even attempted to shoot video with my new camera. That's my excuse anyway. Can you hear the "soloists" among the "chorus" of others? :-)

Thursday, March 28, 2019

High Water

This is the lock house at Swain's Lock. The tiny round metal medallions located along the lock house's corner show the high water markers of floods over the years. 

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

Jenny Wu

Just a couple more samples of Jenny Wu's work. Actually, I saw several more playful examples, but these will do for now.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Recycle, Rinse, Repeat

Maybe, like me, you'd like to stop by the Reinsch Library at Marymount University and see what kind of art is there.

Currently on exhibit is a display of multi-media pieces called "Recycle, Rinse, Repeat" by artist Jenny Wu.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Cheese Shop

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

Farmers Market

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


The College of William & Mary's Sunken Garden is on your right beyond the hedge, department buildings are on your left. A statue of James Monroe (#5) is directly ahead. The Wren Building is in the background on your right.

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

Rec Center

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

Compton Drive

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

Beaver Trail

Well, I don't know if beavers actually waddle down this trail :-), but I can sure see how it could help make their lives simpler.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Pond & Plantation

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

York River State Park

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

Historic Tree

Greensprings Interpretive Trail
York City County, Virginia

150 year old tree.

Sunday, March 10, 2019


Greensprings Interpretive Trail
York City County, Virginia

Are daffs blooming yet where you live? These are a little further along than those in northern Virginia and the first that I've photographed this year.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Hay Baler

Greensprings Interpretive Trail
James City County, Virginia

The remains of an old hay baler abandoned right where it stands at some point around 1950.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Beaver Pond

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

Greensprings Trail

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


This was an attempt to capture a little more detail of a house's exterior. I would have loved to go inside to shoot some pictures, but, alas, it wasn't open on that particular day.

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

New Camera

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.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hasta la Vista, España!

Took one last walk through the streets of Madrid, through the Parque de El Retiro and nearby neighborhood before departing for Madrid Airport and home. A lovely country filled with lovely people. Hasta la vista, España! Hasta que nos encontremos de nuevo.

Saturday, March 2, 2019


My favorite part of the Prado Museum wasn't the art inside . . . :-)