Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wild Birds


I don't feed the birds as much in summer as I do in the winter. A couple of days ago knowing we had a big weather change coming I put up more feeders and filled them up. This wet-headed cardinal showed up yesterday as we were having a rain/snow mix. You have to pardon his dirty beak - I don't provide napkins!


While I was away from blogging during my husband's recovery from by-pass surgery I still managed to take photos now and then. I took this of a baby bird back in June. I heard it in the corner of the garden and went back to the house to get my camera. I took a few pictures and left it alone so it wouldn't be too stressed and Mama could continue coaxing flying lessons out of the little guy.


Here's a not too sharp picture of Mama who stayed a good distance away but kept calling her little one to offer reassurance or maybe she was just warning me. I'm sure Mama was glad to see me leave!

Linking to Wild Birds

Friday, November 14, 2014

Reflections of the Past

Hubby was surfing the internet and discovered some old train trestles still existed near where he grew up and went to school so we had to go explore. We found two of them. This one was marked private property so I took these from the road. The 34.4 mile railroad branch was built to haul the products of several coal mines, logging operations, and oil wells and carry passengers between several tiny communities. There were virtually no roads. Trains averaged 15 miles an hour, crossed 52 bridges, and negotiated 120 curves from one end to the other. In 1925 a car was provided to take children to and from school. That train car ran up until some time in the 50's. While stopping and taking photos we met an older gentleman who had actually rode the school train for almost four years. He had even known some of my husband's family and pointed us in the direction of an abandoned train tunnel we also explored that day.
 
Linking to Weekend Reflections  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Behind The Fence

This is Buffalo Church in Wirt County, West Virginia. A few years ago Hubby and I noticed a sign pointing up a rural road that said log church. We went to explore. The photo above shows the church we found. We try to go back at least once a year. It is such a peaceful place. It sits all by itself at the top of a ridge. I know what you're thinking - doesn't look like a log church. To preserve the church the original logs were covered with clapboard and the church was painted white both inside and out. Regular services are no longer held in the church. It was built in 1878 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

This is the view from the church yard. Most of the pretty fall colors were gone by the time we visited this year but that vista is lovely no matter what! 

The road we travel to get to the church. The name of the road - Mayberry Run!  :)

Linking to Good Fences. and Inspired Sunday

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wild Birds: Hawkeye Pierce

I bet you can tell from my title that I'm a fan of the old MASH TV show? Don't know if this guy's name is Pierce or not but he definitely has a piercing hawk eye.
Hubby and I saw him hanging out on the wires as we were turning in to the parking lot of the local Cracker Barrel Restaurant for dinner.

The hawk was on a dinner expedition of his own.
What was he so intently surveying in front of him?

See those black blurry dots? Those were the birds flying everywhere trying to get into the nearby trees out of sight. Not sure if he was successful in his mission but I can say Hubby and I had a delicious dinner that evening.

Linking to Stewart's Wild Birds.