Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Watery Wednesday

During the summer we try to visit various Farmer's Markets in the area, so that we can do our small part in supporting our local farmers, with the added benefit of purchasing the freshest and most delicious, organically grown vegetables. I had heard about the one at Lake Anne Village Center in Reston and these photos were taken during our walk around the lake before the farmer's market officially opened.

Lake Anne Village was created in 1963 as part of the new town movement, and Reston was the first modern, post-war planned community in America by Robert E. Simon. Conklin Rossant Architects were hired as master planners to incorporate higher density housing to conserve open space, as well as mixed use areas. Lake Anne Village Center was designed by James Rossant.

In the Village, all businesses are local, as there are no chain stores or chain restaurants allowed in Lake Anne. Lake Anne is now designated a historic district.
There are also some lovely lake-side dwellings as you can see in these photos.

The shots above and below are Gregg's. His second photo is a reflection of the sky in the water.

In this photo Gregg can be seen standing in the middle. Condominiums are on the top of the building and shops and restaurants are on the bottom.

There is also a very interesting fountain here and I'm always taking pictures of those.



Thank you 2sweetnsaxy for hosting Watery Wednesday. To visit this great meme you can get to it by clicking right here.

32 comments:

Sunny said...

What a lovely area, is there ever a problem with flooding? being so close to the water.
I support our local farmers' market, it's not too big but they have a nice variety.
Sunny :)

Irene Toh said...

The lakeside houses look so lovely. They look almost like nestled in water. It's great that everything's local and no fast food chain is allowed to invade. Thanks for sharing this place, Denise.

James said...

This looks like a wonderfully watery place. I really like the reflections.

J Bar said...

I love the reflections of the lakeside houses.
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Stephany said...

A beautiful area! I really need to plan a trip to Reston some time. I enjoy the farmer's markets too.

tricia said...

What a beautiful place. The photos are just gorgeous. (No surprise there) The way the buildings reflect in the water in the second photo is breathtaking.

storyteller said...

Such a LOVELY series of photographs! I love the beautiful reflections too. Thanks for visiting mine at Sacred Ruminations.
Hugs and blessings,

ewok1993 said...

What a lovely community. I would love to live there.

You must have arrived so early to be able to walk around before the market opens.

ProdigalWife said...

I must confess I thought Reston was just townhouses and offices--you certainly make it seem very inviting! And I do love farmers' markets too, though we seem to go to the Amish market more often than the farmers' market.

Tricia said...

Denise, the reflections are perfect in these photos - So awesome! I love it

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

What a lovely community. I found the fountains interesting too. I especially like your last photograph of the fountain.

Cloudia said...

lovely place
and post!

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Regina said...

Great place! Awesome.

Arija said...

What a marvellously watery place with beautiful design and above all NO chain stores. -:)

Gunilla said...

Fantastic photos. Lovely old houses to look at almost like a film.

Gunilla in Sweden

Kitty said...

That's just idyllic! I'd love a lakeside house - although I have to say that some of the 60s buildings to look dated. More places shoiuld stand up for local produce and shops though.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

What a beautiful village, all the photos are lovely and I especially like the one of the refelction of the sky. A great WW post Denise. A x

VALKYRIEN said...

What a beautiful place! The river looks so calm. The houses are so close to the river you can take your morning bath by simply diving in from your balcony! What about flooding?

Great shots with beautiful reflections! And what a fun fountain! No wonder you take pictures everytime you visit!

magiceye said...

gorgeous imagery!

luna miranda said...

wonderful place! the houses beside the water look so beautiful, like a storybook.

love the last photo as well. cool shot!

Rocky Mountain Retreat said...

Gosh, there's a lot of water happening here and it's beautiful! I love the reflections and the ripples... soothing and delightful!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great place. Beautiful photographs.

Jack and Joann said...

You did such a good report about the Village of Lake Anne with Gregg's pics that I'm putting a NEWS FLASH today on my blog to direct everyone over here to see the great shots of that wonderful Northern Virginia place Lake Anne. Joann :)

Daryl said...

Wonderful shots all .. I am however deeply appreciating the reflective shots .. my personal favs

nadine1111 said...

Super!!!

nadine1111 said...

Super!!!

Wenche said...

What a lovely village. It looks so idyllic and your photos are great. The reflections in the water are wonderful.

The Birdlady said...

I've always thought the Lake Anne center is charming - how was the produce?

Ebie said...

Great photos and preserving Lake Anne. I love the cloud reflections. Well, I read the post on top of this. Have a great day, and get those 8 hours of sleep, hehehe!

Kilauea Poetry said...

The watery reflections are just awesome..the one Gregg took with the clouds is gorgeous as well. Your lucky you get to see these historic places and the fact they have no chain stores or restaurants either! I was snickering when I read about how you get the benefit of purchasing those fresh vegies..while I just woofed two pieces of a Martha Stewart cake I made..(Ginger cake w/bourbon sauce) ha. Now you know what I'm doing...Have a great day Denise-

Gypsy Lala said...

Lovely fountain.

diane said...

Hi Denise,
I'm home from holidays in the north of Australia.
What a gorgeous community and great tranquil shots wit fab reflections. I have a few water shots at:

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