Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday: Sampling Shenandoah

Outdoor Wednesday is hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer. To see many, many more outdoor photos or to post some of your own, please head on over to her blog.

M and I spent this past Fourth of July weekend at Shenandoah National Park, one of our favorite places. I'm not the greatest outdoorswoman, but I do like getting out and communing with nature occasionally. And M loves it – takes him back to his younger days as an Eagle Scout. And although I'm a flatlander at heart, M loves the mountains and seems to become more and more relaxed and happy, as the altitude increases. So for this week's Outdoor Wednesday, I thought I'd just post a handful of photos I've taken on our visits to Shenandoah over the last few years. It's a beautiful part of the country and a very pleasant place to spend a few days – especially in the early fall – with all sorts of interesting plants and wildlife to see. Just watch out for the deer ticks!

Great views of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

Young buck.

Looking for a picnic?

Gorgeous mountain laurel blooms every spring.

I think these strange-looking plants are called turkey beard.

Outside one of the park's several gift shops, playing with my travel doll.

Waiting for the sunset.

And here it is!


Lazybones – how I usually end up after every hike!

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful scenery and you did a wonderful job with the photography...this must be some gorgeous scenery...

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  2. Great pics..but HOLY SMOKE!!!!! The Bear!!!!! I hope that things was far far away and your camera has one heck of a zoom!!! I love nature... but I have to draw the line somewhere... :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxoxoxo
    Donna Marie

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  3. What wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing them with us. The scenery is beautiful.

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  4. We are the opposite. I am the lover of hiking, walking and nature in general.
    Nice photos
    Enjoying your blog
    Rita

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  5. OH---I'd love it there, Joy. I love hiking and being out in nature. AND--to sit and watch for that sunset must be awesome.

    Thanks for such wonderful pictures.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. The Shenandoah Valley is really beautiful. I've been there several times, but I have never had the time to do the hiking I would like to do. Thanks for the beautiful pictures.

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  7. Gorgeous photos! I can understand why that is a regular vacation spot. That bench doesn't look very comfortable though -- a little hard on the head and neck. And, about the bear -- I don't think that looks very safe!!

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  8. Great photos! What a gorgeous sunset!

    Jane

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