Field of Fall
Fall Foliage on display in a field at the State Arboretum of Virginia. The State Arboretum of Virginia is located at the University of Virginia's Blandy's Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia. The Arboretum has an exception collection of maples, conifers, and oak trees. It also has large Ginkgo Grove. The 700 acres are open to the public.
Fall Foliage on The Farm
The State Arboretum of Virginia is located at the University of Virginia's Blandy's Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia. The Arboretum has an exception collection of maples, conifers, and oak trees. It also has large Ginkgo Grove. The 700 acres are open to the public. This was my first visit to this farm, where I could spend hours exploring.
Layers of Fall
Vibrant autumn colors along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.
A Touch of Fall
A trace of fall color along the Manchester Bridge with the City of Richmond skyline on a fall evening
The Mexican sunflower is in the daisy family that have large, brightly colored daisy-like flowers on thick stems, that grow 4-6 feet tall. I saw these bright orange tall flowers at Tuckahoe Plantation in Goochland, Virginia on a hot September morning
Late Evening Swim
The sun has set and the geese are taking their last swim in the swift cree reservoice at Sunday Park in Midlothian, Virginia
Serenity After The Storm
One lone fisherman surrounded by a blue lavender sunset at Sunday Park in Midlothian, Virginia
Pink Water Lilies
Water lilies are a freshwater plant that is native to tropical parts of the world. Most water lilies have rounded, notched, waxy-coated leaves on long stalks. Some water lilies bloom in the early morning and some open in the evening to catch pollinators.
I was delighted to see these pink and white water lilies open in the afternoon at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia.
The Tiger Swallowtail butterfly was out pollinating the yellow and pink lantana on a hot, humid morning in the Italian Garden in Maymont Park in Richmond, Virginia.
The James River is the largest river in Virginia, and the "Fall of the James" is the 7-mile stretch of the river where it drops more than 100 feet in altitude as it runs through Richmond, Virginia. This 7-mile stretch of the James River is near Bosher Dam and the waters around the 14th Street Bridge in downtown Richmond. Here is a view of the City of Richmond downtown skyline captured from the under the Manchester Bridge, where the James River is calm with reflections of the city buildings
Monroe Park reopened in September 2018 after a 2 year renovation project. It is now comprised of a 8-acre green space, with new plants, tables and chairs. Monroe Park sits in the heart of VCU's campus. On this quite summer evening I decided to explore the park. The lights illuminated the gravel path that led to the flowing fountain.
Cosmos flower is a member of the Asteraceae family, which refers to the Latin word aster or star. They are wildflowers and they represent peace and love. I captured these flowers on a visit to Tuckahoe Plantation in Goochland, Virginia
The Best Is Yet To Come
Sunflowers are known for being happy flowers, making them a wonderful gift to bring joy to someone's day . Sunflowers symbolize, adoration, loyalty and the sun.
Mimosa Tree Bloom
Mimosa trees are smalldeciduous tree with puffy pink flowers and a fast growth rate. It is an Asian species trees that is commonly grown in the southern part of the U.S.A. The mimosa blooms are pink, silky and delicate; and its leaves have a fern like appearance. The biggest downside of the mimosa is its invasive potential. The seedpods of the mimosa tree hangon after the foliage drops, giving a messy throughout the winter. At one point I wanted a mimosa tree in my yard, until I relized this was an invasive weed. On this summer evening I wanted to capture the beauty of this tree with its deep green fern like leaves.
It's nothing like the peace and quiet before sunrise along an oceanfront. One can enjoy the soft cresting waves and the soft yellow and orange colors that precede sunrise. Off-tourist season is a wonderful time to enjoy the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
Above The Horizon
Another beautiful sunrise, as the sun has risen above the horizon. It is officialy daylight with a blue sky and the the sunlight reflecting in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Hill Of Heroes
American flags were installed on the "Hill of Heroes". 12,000 American flags were places on the hill at the Virginia War Memorial on June 8, 2019. The flags were a tribute to honor nearly 12,000 Virginians who made the ultimate sacrifice since WWII. The Virginia War Memorial is located in Richmond, Virginia
Water lilies symbolize enlightment, because the beautiful bloom emerges from muddy waters
Hardy Orange Tree
These hardy oranges had the appearance of lemons. I discovered that this hardy orange tree on the grounds of Tuckahoe Plantation in Goochland, Virginia. The hardy orange is is Poncirus trifoliata, but commonly called hardy orange and is in the citrus tree family.
Raindrops on Pink Rhododendron
On this rainy day, I had the garden all to myself, so I could concentrate on capturing details of raindrops on this pink Rhododendron, Autumn Royalty, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, in Richmond, Virginia
We Love The Rain
Blue Hawaiian elephant ears are a large perennial plants with long stems, heart-shaped green leaves with bluish-purple edges and veins. These plants love water and are grown at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia
Rappahannock River Blues
A surreal blue hour is reflected in the waters of the Rappahannock River in Middlesex County, Virginia
Path Through The Plantation
There is something serene about a tree lined dirt road. It's scenic and inviting to just walk in a quiet place. One can find this scenic tree lined dirt road 30 minutes west of Richmond in Charles City, Virginia on Westover Plantation.
Look At Me
Why are we captivated by a lone tree in the middle of a farmer's field? If we have our camera we pull over and capture an image, such as on this day, with white clouds and blue sky.
Dusk sets as a schooner Serenity" is docked along the York River at Yorktown Beach in Yorktown, Virginia
This morning blue hour ends with soft blue clouds and a hint of color around the Ocean View Fishing Pier in Norfolk, Virginia.
Blue hour reflections and a colorful sunrise surround Ocean View Fishing Pier in Norfolk, Virginia. Ocean View Beach Park is one of the three beaches that the City of Norfolk maintains along the Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk, Virginia. The Ocean View Fishing Pier overlooks the scenic Chesapeake Bay, and offers complete facilities and fishing equipment for everyone who loves to fish
Glistening In The Rain
These purple flowers gladly open on this rainy afternoon at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, in Richmond, Virginia