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

BALCONY CONTAINER GARDEN JULY 1, 2017

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Containter Garden June 2017 (1 of 11)  Containter Garden June 2017 (2 of 11)

What I thought was going to be a dud year for the containter garden on the balcony, due mostly to the bizarre weather that we had this spring, weeks of darkness, the geraniums just set there begging for sunlight and warmer temperatures, I just kept my fingers crossed and hoped for the best.

I know having changed out all the soils in the containers helped tramendously, as the geraniums and other plants kept full and bushy lush green growth, though sunlight and warmer temps are needed for flower production. I was atleast pleased to see they were getting what was needed from fresh soil.

Containter Garden June 2017 (5 of 11)  Containter Garden June 2017 (4 of 11)

At last we got some warm night time temperatures and day time sun, and suddenly over night they exploded in growth and bloom. Everyday so far all the plants have doubled in size from when these pictures were taken on June 30th.

Containter Garden June 2017 (9 of 11)  Containter Garden June 2017 (10 of 11)

Containter Garden June 2017 (8 of 11)

The Elephant Ears are huge, the caladiums I am very pleased with, in years past, at various places I had lived, whether planted in open ground or containers, I never had quite the success that I had hoped for. I have found too much sun, not a happy plant, but at the same time I have found that total shade the same can be said. Actually in the containers I can make a little ecosystem for them dappled sunlight through the Elepant Ears they seem to be happiest, some sun but not too much.

Containter Garden June 2017 (7 of 11)  Containter Garden June 2017 (3 of 11)

The only problem that I have is with a pesky bird, that as in years past has a problem with my Salvia, for several weeks in the spring and early summer in the early mornings he/she will dive down to the deck and break branches off the plant, no the bird does not try sitting on the branches, just sits on the deck railing and picks at branches, breaks them and then flies away. The first year I discovered what was breaking them I thought, nesting material, nope, he/she says I just like breaking your plant to peices just for the fun of it! After a certain time each year, he/she flies away and forgets about the plant. Two plants this year and the bird has been successful in cutting them back to half their original size. I hope it is soon time for it to fly away!

Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (10 of 19)  Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (7 of 19)

Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (2 of 19)

My plans are for the posts on the Old Order Mennonites of Dayton, Virginia to be posted throughout the summer & aumtumn months, as I process all the RAW files. I will be going out on a Sunday soon to take more pictures while they are going to church, as well as more of the rural countryside of the central Shenandoah Valley. I never go on vacations, now these day trips to do photography have opened up a whole new world for me with the mini one day vacations just getting out and exploring my local rural area of Virginia.

  Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (15 of 19)  Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (17 of 19)

BOWMAN’S MILL & SILVER LAKE ~ DAYTON, VIRGINIA

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Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (18 of 19)  Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (16 of 19)

The pictures in the post today are or Bowman’s Mill & Silver Lake, however they are only a small portion of the pictures I took yesterday, from 6am to 6pm yesterday all around Dayton back to Rawley Springs. Actually there were 318 pictures taken yesterday (enough to keep me busy i Lightroom for a good while)

I will be able to post about the Dayton, Virginia Old Order Mennonites, their Meetinghouses, farms, gardens, and all the beautiful veiws you get to see when you travel “Off the Beaten Path” You can have interstate I will take a back way any day!

Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (4 of 19)  Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (5 of 19)

In the coming weeks, I will have posts on the Old Order Mennonites, as well as pictures from the Anthony Zimmerman Farm, which has the spring at Spring Creek, with dam and waterfall. Post with beautiful mountain views looking westward towards West Virginia, as well as many pictures of the many views of Mole Hill from all sides.

This is just a short post with a small selection of pictures for today.

Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (13 of 19)  Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (14 of 19)

Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (8 of 19)  Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (1 of 19)

Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (11 of 19)  Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (12 of 19)

Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (2 of 19)  Silver Lake Dayton, VA June 2017 (7 of 19)