November Visual Diaries p.1

By the time I have a chance to post these photos, half of November has come and gone. I can’t believe how fast time flies.
A lotus pond near home.
Upside down world.
I love fall … my favorite season.
My 2 little nephews came over last weekend for a sleepover date. Since the Dog Man series is one of their favorites, this 100-piece puzzle entertained my 9-year-old nephew all morning. He was able to finish it in 23 minutes.
My nephews’ toys … the lion and the tiger … best buddies ever!

Photowalk: Old Town Alexandria

Went for a photowalk around Old Town earlier this summer and yet I have not had a chance to post those photos. Until now. That day, I walked all the way down King Street to the Potomac River. There, the Wilson Bridge appeared handsomely in the distance. If you hop on a water taxi here, you can visit National Harbor and Maryland across the river. I’ve not done that yet … but it would be fun to one day. Maybe once COVID is over?

A Few Photos From July

Home sweet home.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
Meadowlark Botanical Garden on a very hot summer evening.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
It seems these flowers attract butterflies ~ Meadowlark.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
There’s a bride & groom photoshoot going on in the garden that day … perhaps an engagement session? It was so hot though … not a single breeze in the air. ~ Meadowlark
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
Pretty sky bokeh. ~ Meadowlark
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
A Korean temple and garden in Meadowlark.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
Such beautiful details.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
A special blessing it seems … or cloud art. Either way, it was magical.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
Red & green.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
The Korean alphabet looks deceptively simple yet quite elegant. Wish I could read Korean.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
6-o’clock self-portrait.
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
That light!
Meadowlark Botanical Garden
Have a thing for clouds. Always. Forever.
Pretty Mama Dove has been under our deck for a few weeks now. She hardly moves. I wonder if Papa Dove comes at night to relieve her duties. At least then, she could go hunting for food. She must be so hungry.
By the water …
Pretty dragonfly with ember wings …
This summer our Hydrangeas bloom modestly … last summer none at all. A huge improvement. I’m grateful.
After a stormy afternoon, we had a double rainbow. The second one quite faint so I could only capture this brighter one. Life is beautiful.

Day Trip to the Mountains

Back in May, I needed to get some fresh air and get away from being home all the time. A drive to the mountains provided a lovely escape. The 4-hour round trip to Shenandoah National Park was so worth it. Posted a few photos before from this outing, but here are a few more.
Beautiful view of the Shenandoah Valley from a mountain overlook.
Spotted a baby bear, one of five I saw that day! The others were too far away for my lens. This baby bear was so cute. He took his time crossing the road … giving me plenty of time to take his pictures.

My Robin Family

For about two months now this Spring, a cute Robin family has settled on the tree outside my bedroom window. Mama Robin, Papa Robin and two baby Robins. One day, Mama Robin was found dead on our street. It was a very sad day for me. Papa Robin bravely took on the sole responsibility of raising his babies. A few days ago, the older baby Robin flew off. And today, the younger baby Robin flew off as well. The nest is now empty. I miss my Robin family already. Hope they’re all doing well … wherever they are.

I documented the Robin family a bit at the beginning of this vlog. 🙂

Daily Musings: Max

Max’s favorite afternoon nap spot … my bed.
Spent Mother’s Day with Max. We both drove to my parents’ house to drop off flowers & some take-outs for my Mom (and Dad) for Mother’s Day. This is how we spend Mother’s Day in COVID time.

It’s been a while since I last posted. Where has the time gone? Tomorrow will be Max’s birthday. He’s turning 14. I can’t believe it. My friend adopted Max when he was just 6. Everyone was telling her it’s not a good idea to adopt an older dog. But she fell in love with Max and so did I. He came with a handful of quirks that at first we tried to control. We even enlisted the help of a dog expert to show us how to change/correct Max’s behaviors. Soon enough, we learned to just “accept it and expect it.” Max is the sweetest pup to ever enter our lives. Can’t wait to celebrate his 14th birthday tomorrow.