Thursday, August 28, 2014

SKYWATCH FRIDAY

I took these photos from my archives of our road trip out west in September 2013.  Hard to believe it is just about a year ago.  You can click on this link to see more of the Arches National Park in Utah.

The park is located in a high desert with elevations ranging from 4,085 to 5,653 feet above sea level.  This map will show you where it is located.  



I read that it contains the greatest density of natural sandstone arches in the world.  According to the above link the park covers 73,000 acres, and has over 2,000 arches.



These photos don't show those famous arches but the rock formations, in their own way, are equally as amazing.  



We lucked out that day, the skies made a beautiful back drop.  

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Happy SkyWatch Friday! 


GOOD FENCES

The light bulb went off thanks to one of my nieces.  I remembered her taking a group photo of our family using her panoramic feature on her iPhone last October.  I have no idea why I decided to use it for the first time when we were on one of our local walks recently.  I spotted the pano feature again and actually wondered what it was. After several unsuccessful tries I managed one good shot of these old colonial split rail fences, so I knew I was going to share it on Good Fences today.


This is called a split-rail fence.  We have them all over our area.  I first started noticing them at the Manassas Civil War Battlefield years ago, but mine today were found near the visitor center, which is up the road from Walney Pond.  According to Wikipedia:

"A split-rail fence or log fence (also known as a zigzag fence, worm fence or snake fence, historically due to its meandering layout) is a type of fence constructed out of timber logs, usually split lengthwise into rails and typically used for agricultural or decorative fencing.  

Such fences require much more timber than other types of fences, and so are generally only common in areas where wood is abundant.  However, they are very simple in their construction, and can be assembled with few tools, even on hard or rocky ground.  They also can be built without using any nails or other hardware.  

Such hardware was often scarce in frontier areas.  They are particularly popular in very rocky areas where post hold digging is almost impossible.  They can even be partially or wholly disassembled if the fence needs to be moved or the wood becomes more useful for other purposes.  

During the American Civil War these split rail fences were a major source of firewood for both the Union and Confederate armies."  

If you are curious and want to know more you can click on the link above.

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Thank you Theresa at The Run*A*Round Ranch Report for continuing another great meme.  Click on the blog link to see other participants, and the button below to find out more information.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Random Photo


This is one of eight lion statues.  You can find them at the Renaissance Court and Garden, near the reflecting pool and fountain in The Norfolk Botanical Garden.  I have several photos that I will be sharing from there.  Every time we go down south to visit family we try to visit the garden.  It is one of our favorite places.  The lions are modeled after the classic ones of the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century.