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5 Shots: Shenandoah Valley, VA

When visiting a brother-in-law last week, he procured blueberry moonshine for us to sample. It was a sunny day and the drive to his place tucked in the Shenandoah Mountains lifted my mood. I was intoxicated as though I had drunk half the bottle of his moonshine. No, it was just the sunshine and the air filled with the scent of hardwoods. Which shot do you like best?

Lake Laura at Basye, Virginia.
It was a quiet afternoon hiking around Lake Laura.


Down the road from Basye, there’s a hamlet called Orkney Springs. Shrine Mont is an Episcopalian worship and retreat center. I worked in the kitchen many summers with some authentic country ladies who taught me a lot about cooking. The summer music festivals they have on the lawn is a popular venue.
Fall colors are coming.
Meet our new puppy! Jim and I had no desire to get a new dog after the passing of Bear. But the buyer for this little gem bailed. Our son and daughter-in-law asked if we wanted her. Who could refuse a face like this? I returned to AZ to work, and lucky Jim gets to bring her home on the plane this weekend.
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For my friend Pete who is a Civil War buff. This is one county. If you like U.S. History, Virginia is a living museum. More military events and key people from the Colonial period lived here than any other state.



42 thoughts on “5 Shots: Shenandoah Valley, VA”

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  1. Thanks for that civil war poster, Cindy. Maybe one day, who knows?
    You look happy with your lovely new puppy, so that’s my favourite of course.
    But I would like to try some blueberry moonshine too. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete. x


  2. You question โ€œWhich shot do you like best?โ€ The photograph of the Ball jar with a taste of blueberry moonshine is my first choice. By the way, do you have the recipe? It looks to me like vodka in which blueberries have been soaked, but at first glance, I thought it might be cherries.

    โ€œFall colors are comingโ€ would be my choice tomorrow. It captures both the colors and light of an autumn afternoon.

    Which shot do you like best? After all, you are the photographer

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  3. Cindy, the happiness shining through you obviously being back โ€œhomeโ€ comes through in the last picture. That one has my vote though the rest were amazing too. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Iโ€™ve been having trouble getting comments to stick to your page lately but will keep trying. I voted for the pic of you and your new pup. The happiness on your face at being back โ€œhomeโ€ comes through in that one though the others were great too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Hey Cindy, very hard to choose from all these pics. I like the framing of Orkney, I like the Lake and I like that puppy but I’ll go with Fall Colours. My condolences on the loss of Bear. When did he pass?


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