Blue Ridge Dry Goods

I found this now closed store while driving along a side road in Floyd County, Virginia near the Blue Ridge Parkway. I stopped and noticed it was originally an old farm house that had been converted into a store, selling “dry goods”. Anyway, another sign of hard economic times in rural areas.

Blue Ridge Wild Flowers Part 1

What is this wild flower? I don’t know. It’s pretty anyway and when I stopped along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia to capture its beauty with my Nikon, I saw evidence that I was not the first who had done so…lots of mashed down weeds all around the flowers where people had stood.

Leaves of Three

Remember the advice we learned as kids, “Leaves of three, let them be?” Poison Ivy! It’s all over the mountains of the Blue Ridge and I stay as far away as I can, letting my camera lens get up close instead of my body.

Castle in France?

I have been reading books about the 100 Year War between England and France during the 15th Century, and when I looked back at a photo I took recently of the foundation of an old stone masonry cotton mill, it reminded me of medieval castles with narrow rectangular windows, through which French crossbowmen would shoot at the attacking English men-of-arms. Thanks to English archers with their longbows, the French hardly ever won these battles. Thus ends my history lesson for today.

Where are the Beavers?

As I walked alongside this small stream in a meadow at 3000 feet elevation in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I was looking for the beaver dam that had the water backed up. Alas, I could not find it…too much poison ivy along the way.