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Monday, May 25, 2015

Road trip to the Virginia mountains

Bill and I went on a road trip to Virginia last weekend and part of this past week.

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I thought the bear peering through the flowers was very endearing.

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The mountain shots were mostly taken from the skyline drive through the Shenandoah National park. 

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I couldn't believe how much the weather cooperated.

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The forecast was very iffy but with the exception of evening rain, a few sprinkles and a brief storm at Monticello it was clear sailing.

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I'll get to the Monticello shots at the end but we lucked out there.

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Before I get into the Monticello story the next group of shots, including the one above, are from Luray Caverns.

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It was raining when we arrived at Monticello and we assumed we could do the house tour.

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Rain wasn't the issue but severe storms close by resulted in the tour buses not taking anyone up to Jefferson's house for about an hour for safety reasons until they could ascertain if the storms would hit at Monticello.

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During that time they didn't sell tickets so my idea, since it was only a light rain, of walking up with umbrellas for external shots didn't work because you can't walk beyond a certain point without a ticket.

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We decided to tour the museum at the lower level and wait and see if we'd get to go up to Monticello.

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We lucked out, when the storm systems passed by we got to go up.

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By the way the shot above and the next few shots are back on the skyline drive and national park and if you are interested in information about Luray caverns you can click the link at the beginning of the cavern shots.

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It was raining during the tour of the inside of Thomas Jefferson's house but once we were back outside the rain had stopped and it was a beautiful day for photography.

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I was glad I could photograph the outside because they don't allow photography inside the house.

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The skyline drive was another lucky event since occasionally there were sprinkles and rain seemed possible and then it passed without materializing.

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The rest of the shot are from Monticello.

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I was at least as interested in the gardens as I was in the house.

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Hard to believe that just an hour or two before I took these shots at the end of the house tour they weren't allowing people up due to the severe storms.

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Since I decided to do a post with a smorgasbord of shots, I will probably return to the photos I took for additional posts in the future.

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I have felt stale with photography so it was good to go on a road trip and have places to photograph that I don't see every day.

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I went on a walk yesterday at my neighborhood lake and took some shots I liked but I'll save them for later.

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Well that's it for now, probably be at least a week before I get another post together.

8 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

Great photos Carver! Gorgeous scenery, love the bear shot and the flowers. Glad you had sunny weather for your travels.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

It seems there often is calm before the storm and the sky above that lovely home you photographed looks serene. The caverns remind me of some scenes in Lord of The Rings. It IS nice to get away … it injects new life even into familiar places.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hooray for the getaway, which sounds and looks wonderful. Although I always love your 'home' pictures, I do understand what you mean about feeling stale about photography. It was a lot easier for me to post often when we were traveling more.

But I would never get tired of your pictures -- even if you never left your yard. Your birds have such personalities and your yard is so different from the usual (and I mean that in the most highly complimentary way.... if I ever had a yard again, I would wish it to be just as naturally beautiful as yours is)>

Ruby Manchanda said...

Looks and sounds like great fun ... Such natural beauty captured with such soul and feeling

ladyfi said...

Wow - what a fantastic trip! Love that bear shot.

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, lindas fotos relativa à sua bela viagem, a sequência é excelente que mostra a beleza que a natureza oferece aos apreciadores.
AG

lissa said...

these shots are gorgeous! this is definitely a great photo taking trip. I know what you mean about photography being stale, I am taking a break from photography until I feel I'm interest in taking pictures again.

thanks for sharing these images. have a lovely day.

alp said...

Estupendas imágenes..un saludo desde Murcia...

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