Tamarack Trees

 I’ve been on the road alot lately, and had the chance to spend a short time on the campus of Willam and Mary Law School in Williamsburg.  While my friend did some research in the law library, I wandered around outside with my camera.  Of course.

The first thing I saw when I walked out of the door was this stunning sculpture of John Marshall and George Wythe.

And the front was as captivating as the back.

As I turned around, I was struck by the beauty of the campus.

It was early in December yet I still found what looked like spring.

Then I saw the Tamarack Trees off in the distance.  Their gorgeous needles were almost glowing.

Though the tamarack tree resembles other evergreens, it is actually a deciduous conifer, meaning that it sheds it’s needles every fall.

Research in the library was over so I took one last shot before getting back on the road.

Rising Up

Before I head out to do Thanksgiving Dinner Grocery Shopping, I wanted to share a few #Fall2016 photos.  Since the devastating results of the election, I’ve pulled out my camera only once or twice, and because of that, I’ve not really captured the beauty of fall.

I did snap a few though.  Two with the camera. Two with the cell phone.

Can you tell which image came from which camera?

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Thank you for being here. Your solidarity in devastation, your words of wisdom, and your hopeful spirits have been soothing to me.

What do you think?

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My post for Monochromia this week.

It was a bright, sunshiney day, but tell me, do you think it was cold or warm?  This image could go either way, right?

Fashions for Evergreens

For the past 9 years, the Inn at Virginia Tech has hosted Fashions for Evergreens, a Christmas Tree competition.  Established in 2006, the event enourages local businesses and organizations to come up with a theme, and create a professional, designer quality Christmas tree.  The trees are on display throughout the holiday season, and members of the public get to vote for their favorite tree.

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After enjoying a Raspberry Martini at the Continental Divide Lounge, my friends and I took a tour of the trees.

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The atmosphere was magical, filled with light and color.

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Prices Fork Elementary School’s theme was a Merry Mocha Christmas

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The Virginia Quilt Museum went with a blue theme

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Matt Hagan Outdoors celebrated outdoor sports

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The Linus Project, an organization that hand makes blankets for critically ill children, adorned their entry with blankets

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Radford Health and Rehab decorated their beautiful tree with photos of residents in their younger days

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Sew Biz covered their tree with hand crafted ornaments

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What a fun evening, and we definitely felt the magic of the season.

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Before I close, let me tell you just a little bit about the Inn.  Located on the campus of Virginia Tech, The Inn is designed in the Collegiate Gothic style and like the other buildings on campus, is made with Hokie Stone.

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Hokie Stone is dolomite, a mineral found in the Appalachian Mountains (pronounced Ap – uh – latch – uhn) and is prevalent in Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama.  Virginia Tech’s quarry operations produce some 50 tons of Hokie Stone per week, or about 2,500 tons per year.  Individual stonemasons shape about a ton of stone a day

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Hope you’ve found time to enjoy the magic of the season!

Welcome to the Weekend

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Friday afternoon.  What a lovely site to see at the end of the work week.

Saturday’s Arbor Day Tree Planting was a success and the rain didn’t stop me from going to door to door.

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And now, it’s Blog to Blog via WP!