Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wild Birds

This Common Grackle with its lovely irredesicent colors paid a visit a couple of weeks ago. In the summer my feeders can get overrun with them but I see them only occasionally in the winter.  It was spitting very fine snow when I took this so that's why he looks like he has dandruff. :)

Our grandchildren all visited for Thanksgiving and doing the festivities this Pileated Woodpecker showed up. All the kids (ages 4, 5, and almost 7) were fascinated by him.

This guy landed in a walnut tree outside my window this week. By the time I retrieved my camera he was taking off. Can anyone help identify him for me?

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Good Fences: "Who Moved My Ladder"

It's all in good fun. Look closely because this is a stuffed version of a man and the scene is staged. Hubby and I found this barn during our fall foliage trip in the mountains of West Virginia. The barn is part of the Sharp's Country Store Complex in Slatyfork, West Virginia.

The general store first opened in 1884 by L.D. Sharp. Today Sharp's Country Store is owned and operated by Tom Shipley. L. D. Sharp was his great grandfather.

This little car sitting out in front of the store with its fake wind-up gear in the back just made me smile. It is a 1940 Bantam Midget. It was made by the American Bantam Car Company of Butler, Pennsylvania.
This particular car was formerly used in the Shrine Circus by the clown Roland Reeves. Top speed is claimed to be 50 mph. From what I saw the day I was there I feel sure it has to be pushed to where they want it to sit.
I'll have another find from the Sharp's for next week's Good Fences.
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Good Fences

Behind the fence is one of the most photographed barns in West Virginia. It is along Route 33 out of Elkins, West Virginia and is in Pendleton County. Harper's Old Country Store that it advertises is one of the oldest continuously operated businesses in West Virginia. In October Hubby and I took a scenic drive to see the fall leaves in the upper elevations of West Virginia. I've passed this barn many times in my life. When we got to the store Hubby went in to get us something to drink. Traveling the back roads of West Virginia places to stop are often few and far between.

While Hubby was getting us refreshments I was busy taking pictures of what was in front of me. This is Seneca Rocks. My Dad used to take us here when I was growing up. When we came around the turn  and it came into sight it was like all those times growing up with my family.
Seneca Rocks is a large local landmark in Pendleton County in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. It is the only "true peak" - a peak inaccessible except by technical rock climbing techniques - on the East Coast of the United States. One of the best-known scenic attractions in West Virginia, the sheer rock faces are a popular challenge for rock climbers. In 1943 and '44,  the U.S. Army used Seneca and nearby Nelson and Champe Rocks to train mountain troops in assault climbing in preparation for action in the Apennines of Italy.
Seneca Rocks is easily visible and accessible along West Virginia Route 28 near U.S. Route 33 in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest.
Below are two up-close shots of the peaks. As you can see we had a gorgeous day for sight-seeing!

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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!

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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.
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