Thursday, August 25, 2016

HUNTLEY MEADOWS - Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Huntley Meadows is another place we enjoy.  My Sister-in-law was visiting and we took her there.  I think she brought us great luck, as we saw more bird life than we have ever seen at one time, particularly Great Blue Herons.  There were several in the area, and I spotted this one in  tree across the marsh.  As there was a very pretty blue sky for a backdrop, I chose my photos for SkyWatch Friday.

Five more photos so that I can join in with Willy-Nilly Friday Five.

1) A Blue Dasher Dragonfly.  He was very cooperative waiting for me to line up a shot.

2)  Hubby and his sister enjoying the Egret in the distance.

3) Little nature lover.  Start them early.  She was with her grandmother.  We enjoyed the little girl's fascination with the young Great Blue Heron.  This is Gregg's photo.

4) I am very curious what this is.  It starts to grow over the marshy plants at this time of the year.

5) A change from the above, a tea light in a pretty blue glass container after stopping at a restaurant on the way home.  If one used one's imagination a little, one could almost see that this was a setting sun symbolic of the lovely day we had.  

I am linking with the following, with many thanks to our hosts.  In order as they become available.  

The Team at SkyWatch Friday
Misty at Camera Critters
Anni at Bird D'Pot

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


These two photos show sculptures outside the American Indian Museum.  They were done by Nora Naranjo-Morse, the first American Indian lady to do an outdoor statue in Washington DC.  You can read more about her here.  
They had short fences around them but I thought I could include them in my Good Fences post this week.  We didn't go into the museum this time, as we were on our way to the National Art Gallery.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016


We always have a marvelous time at The National Gallery of Art.  It's not that far away from home, only about 25 miles if you make like a crow.  I have a tendency to want to head for the mountains, and Gregg is really great about that and he does love that too.  However, I knew he had been eager to see the city again, and though he has to persuade me more than usual, once I am there, I love it!  That goes for the museums too. Of course he always tells me that I will, and he is always right.  There is always so much to see in Washington DC.  

There are still areas we did not get to see, and you can bet that we will be going back sometime.  But I am sharing what I did see that day.

Explanation of the painting above and below.  I only took photos of these two.  I will have to go back for the others.  I cropped the above painting to show the flowers.  

Miss Juliana Willoughby
oil on canvas 1781-1783
George Romney
British, 1734-1802
Andrew W. Mellon Collection 1937.1.104

The Skater - (Portrait of William Grant)
oil on canvas 1782
Gilbert Stuart
American, 1755-1828
(Worked in Britain, 1775-1793)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection 1950.18.1

Mrs. Davis Davenport
oil on canvas 1782-1784
George Romney
British, 1734-1802
Andrew W. Mellon Collection 1937.1.105

Miss Catherine Tatton
oil on canvas, 1786
Thomas Gainsborough
British, 1727-1788
Andrew W. Mellon Collection 1937.1.99

A Painter's Studio
oil on canvas, c. 1800
Louis-Leopold Boilly
French, 1761-1845
Chester Dale Collection 1943.7.1

There are more paintings that I would like to share, but I will hold off for a while.  I hope you enjoy these.