Camera Time

I had fun at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum the other day.


Lots of trails and paths for exploring.


Thistle bloom. (Is this a weed?)
A weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, “a plant in the wrong place”.


Hickory and Chestnut forest.


A rickety suspension bridge.


Can’t wait to stroll through this place in the fall and winter.

Then I had more fun editing one of the photos. First, is the original photo. I was captivated by the brilliant orange color in these blooms.


DSC_0443aWhat do you think? Could they pass as twins?

While I was walking around the arboretum snapping photos, my wife was taking an art class Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink with Artist in Residence Lynda Eades Chandler.

Following is an illustration of a Phalaenopsis Orchid she completed after the class.

Version 2I did not know she had artistic talent. This goes to show, it is never to late to learn about hidden talent.

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Deep Water

WagginMaster (aka Jerry):

Another great post from our family to yours.

Originally posted on cast.fear.aside. :

We were covered in sweat and sand as we paddled out from the dock. The sun was high above us as we set out for our second day on the water. We’d found our kayaking groove the afternoon prior, so our confidence soared as we took on our final honeymoon adventure. We were going to row our little boat around the entire island.


A little history for those of you who may not know–sure, this was our honeymoon, but we’ve been married for almost a year. We’d faced plenty of challenges together thus far in our married union, what was a little salt water kayaking? Puh-lease, I thought. We’re adventurers at heart. This will be a piece of cake.

We were prepared for this–no, MADE for this. We were sunscreen-wearing, matching-sunglasses sporting, relatively in shape newlyweds. We were unstoppable.

(Well, almost.)

As we paddled beyond the shallow areas we’d snorkeled…

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Throw Me A Life Ring

You know that feeling you get when it seems like you are not making progress? Are you filled with busyness and feel like you are on autopilot going in circles? My friend Alene has some good practical advice that can help you find rest.

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Edith J Carrier Arboretum @ JMU

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is located on the James Madison University campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia about 15 miles from our location at the Harrisonburg/Shenandoah Valley KOA RV Park.

This arboretum is a public urban garden and forested greenspace that preserves native plants species, provides opportunities for research, and promotes knowledge of the botanical and natural world for people of all ages. (from their blog page)

The 125 acre arboretum includes 16 gardens dedicated to native oak-hickory forest, and many species of shrubs and flowering plants native to the Mid-Appalachians. The grounds include lots of trails yet to be explored and is dog friendly. Additionally, the arboretum offers a variety of art classes to the general public. And it is a great place to get lost with a camera. Hope you enjoy my quick tour of –

well manicured landscape,


cool critters,

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fluttering butterflies,

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plenty of benches for resting,


entertaining ducks,

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and peaceful naps.

DSC_0408 I will come back to this place and will bring our fur babies so they can enjoy a day out and I can get some great shots. Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now. Signature


Faith is believing in the unseen. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as “the is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

I thought I would share this post about faith from one of my blog followers.

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