I haven’t been to Phipps in what seems like ages, so when I saw that it was the last weekend for the fall flower show– I decided that I had to fit in a visit right away! Here are some bright and cheery shots…. that happen to not be of any of the fall flowers– those to come later.
Visited an old cemetery outside of Philadelphia this weekend…. and passed about 100 others. This area is a taphophile’s paradise! The reason we actually visited this one is that the lawn is maintained by three sheep, and why wouldn’t you go to a cemetery that has sheep! I couldn’t actually get close enough to pet them (though I tried!), so I just have to imagine how soft they feel when I look at the photos.
Last week, I visited False Cape State Park— a park that is between Virginia Beach and North Carolina and accessible only by foot, bike or paddle boat… or tram. The idea of a tram tour wasn’t too exciting since I like to meander and take photos and watch birds, but there was NNOOOO way I was going to walk 10 miles roundtrip with a heat index of over 100F (37.8C)! However, I knew there was a cemetery from the Wash Woods settlement that had been abandoned in the 1930’s, and the cemetery was on the tour– so off I went. Am so glad I did! Got some great shots of herons and egrets along the way, and the cemetery with it’s sea shell gifts was well worth the trip.
It’s been a several years since my first kayaking trip through the mangrove tunnels near Sarasota, Florida. I’ve been kayaking a time or two since, but it’s been awhile…so when my husband and I saw the sign for a sunset paddle on the very calm Back Bay in Virginia, we decided to sign up. As soon as I got in the kayak, I realized I forgot that you get really wet, especially when you paddling technique is somewhat lacking. I also realized that I can’t paddle a kayak in a straight line to save my life! and that whole paddle on the right side to go left– ha! forgot every time! It takes a lot of mental focus to move in the correct direction, especially for someone who just wants to look around the whole time. Fortunately for me, the other couple on the trip were also fairly novice so my struggles weren’t quite as obvious.
All of the effort was worth it though– I saw an owl fly by, a heron, an eagle nest (but no eagle), and had a lot of fun with a workout (surprisingly didn’t regret it the next morning either!) Another fortunate thing was that I got to borrow my cousin’s waterproof camera, so I was able to get some pics of the trip!
Hearing that Banshee was going to start shooting in a town near Pittsburgh was quite exciting, and that excitement grew a several weeks ago when a friend sent a picture of the Banshee Sheriff’s Department sign. It took awhile, but we finally made it to Vandergrift to see “Banshee, PA”. Rumor had it that they would be shooting yesterday, so we were hoping to see some Banshee Sheriff’s cars and possibly some of the filming, but unfortunately they have just brought back all the equipment and don’t start filming until this week. Perhaps we’ll make it out again to see some action! Meanwhile, I did shoot some of the buildings and will still be thrilled when the new season airs that I was IN BANSHEE!