PHOTOGRAPHY & HOT SUMMER DAYS

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Balcony Flowers (6 of 12)  Varigated Geranium

Varigated Geranium  Balcony Flowers (12 of 12)

It is just so hard to feel motivated to do much at all outdoors when the heat and humidity is so high. One morning this week, due to a good nights sleep and air conditioning, I felt energized to get up early and go out and do some exploring around the country roads through the mountain hollows of easter Rockingham county, which means just close to home. It was 8 am when I left my apartment, actually was simply a beautiful day, partly sunny, perfect for taking pictures, right, until I opened the door! Nonetheless, I thought that I could get some quick pictures, and run back home, cool off and process the images, that was not meant to be a joke, but it turned out to be, within minutes of setting the camera on the tripod and getting ready to snap pictures, my glasses were covered in salty sweat, I looked like someone pushed me into a swimming pool, it did not take me long to figure out that I was just a tad over zealous, I packed all back into the car and returned home. AHHH Air Conditioning!

My Daily Visitor  My Daily Visitor

Balcony Flowers (3 of 8)

As it turned out it was much easier to walk out onto the balcony garden and into my own little microcosm of nature and take pictures and walk back inside to the air conditioning, resulting in a much happier day and much happier me. While on the deck I found my little friend (generally spiders and I do not like each other) however, this one seems to like my Japanese Painted fern and the geranium leaves, he is so small you must look hard to see him and his web. It just looked like a little spider, until I pointed the 55-255mm lens with all 3 extension tubes attached  at it atop the tripod, then the magic of color happened. Amazingly enough it was one of the most brightly colored spiders I have seen, only really visible at this magnification, otherwise it just looked light grey.

The flower picture below the spiders, is a very petite thumbnail size zinnia that was kindly left for me last fall by a bird, totally volunteer and I could not bring myself to pull it out, it is kind of shy, it does not like to show its pretty face, just its backside, so this is what you are looking at.

Below, is a yellow Gerber daisy, partially opened. Below it are two very deep purple fusia geraniums, on with the remnants of the morning dew on its petals.

I have really been hoping that we have some moderately comfortable morning, so that I can get back over to Dayton, however those days have not been this week, perhaps next week.

Balcony Flowers (11 of 12)

Balcony Flowers (7 of 12)  Geranium Blossom

BEAR LITHIA FARM STAND at BEAR LITHIA SPRING~ ELKTON VIRGINIA

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Bear Lithia Farm Stand (15 of 18)  Bear Lithia Farm Stand (9 of 18)

Note~All pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.

This morning I went to fill gallon jugs from Bear Lithia Spring, in Elkton, VA. It was so hot and humid, however I have been wanting to ask the owners permission that has the farm and farm stand next to the spring if I could take pictures of their stand and produce. The answer was yes.

The Farm Stand is owned and operated by Craig & Dreanna Becker, a very nice Mennonite couple. It is nice to go to the spring hand be able to get produce at the same time. Since I have done merchandising at various jobs I have had over the years, good merchandising always captures my attention and Craig & Dreanna have done such a good job in a small space.

Bear Lithia Farm Stand (3 of 18)  Bear Lithia Farm Stand (2 of 18)

Bear Lithia Farm Stand (13 of 18)

Along with produce, and Farm Fresh Eggs,  at their farm stand they have home baked goods, sweet rolls, breads, pies, and more. You can place orders ahead of time for pick up at a specified time. It truly is one of the nicest little farm produce stands I have seen in the area.

Bear Lithia Farm Stand (5 of 18)     Bear Lithia Farm Stand (7 of 18)

Bear Lithia Farm Stand (1 of 18)  Bear Lithia Farm Stand (11 of 18)

To get to their Farm Stand, you take Rt. 340 North from Elkton or 340 South from Shenandoah to Bear Lithia Springs Baptist Church, the Lane(Bear Lithia Spring Road)  to the springs is beside the church property, (there are signs) at the road advertising the produce at the farm stand.  there is parking for the farm stand at the stand, seperate parking for the water trucks at the spring.

Bear Lithia Farm Stand (10 of 18)  Bear Lithia Farm Stand (3 of 3)

Bear Lithia Farm Stand (1 of 3)

The Farm Stand is shaded by trees as well as pleasently surrounded by this lovely species of Viburnum bushes which sets the beautiful berries which turn red in the autumn. Here you can see them slowly changing.

Bear Lithia Farm Stand (17 of 18)

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CRAIG & DREANNA BECKER

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THE OLD ORDER MENNONITES OF DAYTON, VIRGINIA

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LOOK BEYOND THE PICTURE, LOOK BEYOND THE WORDS

Sometimes, when words will not come, it is nice to just look at the photography, in quiet contemplation. Today, it is almost Silent Sunday. Words will not come easily for me, so I will post a selection of pictures, from which you can contemplate for yourselves the rural beauty of Dayton, Virginia.

Horse & Buggies Going Home~ Dayton, VA (10 of 23)  Old Order Mennonte Woman

It is refreshing to see the quiet countryside, a plain and simple people, living in a technologically advaced world in a peaceful existence in which very little changes in a rapidly advancing world.

Just look today at the rolling countryside, mountains, farms and water and reflect for yourselves.

PLEASANT VIEW OLD ORDER MENNONITE CHURCH AREA

Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (2 of 15)  Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (1 of 15) 

Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (3 of 15)  Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (4 of 15)

Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (5 of 15)  Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (6 of 15)

Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (7 of 15)


BANK MENNONITE CHURCH AREA

OLD ORDER MENNONITE SCHOOLHOUSE

Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (9 of 15)  Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (11 of 15) 

Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (10 of 15)

SPRING AT SPRING CREEK

ON THE ANTHONY ZIMMERMAN FARM

Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (15 of 15)  Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (14 of 15) 

OAK GROVE OLD ORDER MENNONITE CHURCH

DAYTON, VIRGINIA

Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (12 of 15)  Dayton, Virginia  Farms-Mountains (13 of 15)

 

PLEASANT VIEW OLD ORDER MENNONITE CHURCH~DAYTON, VIRGINIA

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Pleasant View Old Order Meetinghouse Dayton, VA (2 of 21)  Pleasant View Old Order Meetinghouse Dayton, VA (11 of 21)

Pleasant View Old Order Meetinghouse Dayton, VA (13 of 21)  Pleasant View Old Order Meetinghouse Dayton, VA (15 of 21)

One day last week I got up early and was in Dayton, Virginia at 6 am, taking pictures of Bowman’s Mill at Silver Lake. I was a beautiful day, lower temperatures in the 70’s with low humidity, what started out to be a couple hours of photography, ended up being nearly 11 hours!

From Silver Lake I drove back West of Dayton to Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church, the area in all directions is just plain beautiful, as you can get an idea of the expanse of the valley from various point west of Dayton. The Allegheny Mountains to the west, the Blue Ridge Mountains to the East.

Pleasant View Old Order Meetinghouse Dayton, VA (17 of 21)  Pleasant View Old Order Meetinghouse Dayton, VA (19 of 21)

Above: Picture Left- Looking S. West from Pleasant View Church to the Allegheny Mountains

Picture Right- Front of Pleasant View Church looking east towards the Blue Ridge Mountains

Along the backroads of Dayton, some gravel and unpaved, other paved, some roads will interconnect with others, and you will end up back where you started if you are not sure where you are going. That does not bother me though, while traveling these back roads, especially when you are doing photography, you see everything differently coming from the opposite direction anyway.

Pleasant View Old Order Meetinghouse Dayton, VA (20 of 21)  Pleasant View Old Order Meetinghouse Dayton, VA (21 of 21)

This is the problem with todays super highways built for speed of getting from one place to another quickly, you miss the rural beauty that is tucked away in between these super highways. I refer to my trips like these as “Off the Beaten Path” It is just not in Dayton that these exisit, but all over Virginia. Just get off interstate, take a drive in the country.

With that being said, though Dayton, VA and Western Rockingham County offers something that other counties do not, Old Order Mennonites, horse travel is the method of transportation here., I am sure there some in Western Augusta county as well, not quite sure how far spread Old Orders are these days, but it is surprising.

Old Order Mennonites Going Home from Church~Dayton, Virginia  Old Order Mennonites Going Home from Church~Dayton, Virginia

Horse & Buggies Going Home~ Dayton, VA (9 of 23)  Horse & Buggies Going Home~ Dayton, VA (7 of 23)

Horse & Buggies Going Home~ Dayton, VA (12 of 23)

Standing in the front of Pleasant View Church, looking eastward, you see the Blue Ridge Mountains across the valley, walk to side and back of the church and cemetery and you see the Allegheny Mountains to the west, which is one place that gives you are real sense of the valley east to west.

I will have to add here that the pictures of the horse and buggies in motion are not as clear as I would like, this is due to my being used to shooting flowers, buildings and places (all thing that are not moving) I will have to try to get better at setting the camera to “freeze” the motion. all in time.

Horse & Buggies Going Home~ Dayton, VA (21 of 23)  Old Order Mennonites Going Home from Church~Dayton, Virginia