As mentioned in a previous post, we recently hosted Tom's brother, Steve, when he traveled down south to visit us last month.
Some of the activities we planned for his visit included, of course, a visit to the farmers' market. The downtown streets of our quaint little city offered many opportunities to set up his tripod and snap away!
The highlight, however, was a picnic and a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can see Uncle Steve in action here at one of the many beautiful overlooks:And another shot with a good view of the Shenandoah Valley in the distance. Uncle Steve loves photography and brought all of his camera gear knowing he'd be taking photos in one of the most scenic areas of Virginia.Hannah made sure she documented the beauty, too:This lone tree at Raven's Roost Overlook was the subject of many photos: Uncle Steve with Sarah, Hannah, and Jonathan looking towards Afton in the background: Soon, we had worked up an appetite for some food over the campfire...grilling tilapia for fish tacos with lots of smoke in my eyes!:Here are the two brothers and Jonathan enjoying the meal:Another day of his visit we traveled to the little town of Dayton and drove by the surrounding countryside. Upon spotting a large field of pumpkins, we pulled over and both photographers set up shop and started shooting away:Everywhere we looked the gentle rolling farmlands were photogenic:In fact, all the photos you saw in Hannah's recent post Autumn Splendor were taken on this excursion with Uncle Steve to photograph the Valley.
Whenever we drive down country roads, I'm always on the lookout for barn quilts. On this trip I was rewarded with this orange quilt pattern at Silver Lake Mill: I'll leave you with this beautiful fall display of pumpkins, gourds, and corn shocks outside a Mennonite farmer's barn:I hope you've enjoyed this view of the Valley. I feel so very blessed to live where we do! In fact, Virginia is the only place I've ever lived. We think Uncle Steve enjoyed his visit with us and hope he comes back soon!
On Monday I'll be participating in the Around the World Blog Hop, so stop by again after the weekend to see what we're working on craft-wise.