Archive for October, 2013

Our World: Tallulah Gorge in October

October 28, 2013
Hurricane Falls, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia.  October 14, 2009.

Hurricane Falls, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia. October 14, 2009.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by five wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

Tallulah Gorge State Park in Georgia is a favorite of ours.  The park contains five waterfalls, and you know how much Betsy and I love seeing waterfalls.

All of the waterfalls can be seen from the rim of the gorge, but there are advantages to walking down 568 steps to the river.  (The major disadvantage is having to go back up those steps!).  We braved those steps in October a few years ago and got the beautiful view of Hurricane Falls seen above.

Tallulah River, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia.  October 14, 2009.

Tallulah River, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia. October 14, 2009.

The floor of the gorge gave us a great view of the Tallulah River as well.

Tallulah River, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia.  October 14, 2009.

Tallulah River, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia. October 14, 2009.

The river, and those autumn colors, helped us make it back up those steps.

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Our World: Autumn Colors in Harpers Ferry

October 14, 2013
Autumn color in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  September 26, 2013.

Autumn color in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. September 26, 2013.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by five wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

On our recent trip to the east, Betsy and I saw our first inklings of autumn color in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  The beautiful yellows of these trees quickly caught our eyes.

Autumn color in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  September 26, 2013.

Autumn color in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. September 26, 2013.

These trees were actually in the parking lot of the Visitors Center, but they were beautiful nevertheless.

Looking toward the Potomac River from Jefferson's Rock, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  September 26, 2013.

Looking toward the Potomac River from Jefferson’s Rock, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. September 26, 2013.

This final picture was taken later at Jefferson’s Rock above the town of Harpers Ferry.  The red tree and church steeple attracted my attention.  That’s the Potomac River beyond the steeple.

Our World: Biltmore’s Rose Garden

October 7, 2013
Part of the rose garden at Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina.  August 6, 2013.

Part of the rose garden at Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina. August 6, 2013.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by five wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

I’m beginning to think that visiting the Rose Garden at Biltmore House and Gardens is dangerous to the health of our wallet.  Each time Betsy and I visit the rose garden, one or both of us will find a rose that we think would look good in our yard.  When we visited last year we found the Milestone rose, which we added to our garden this year.

We went back to Biltmore in early August as part of our getaway for Betsy’s birthday.  And sure enough, we both found some roses that we thought it would be nice to have.

Francis Meilland rose, Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina.  August 6, 2013.

Francis Meilland rose, Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina. August 6, 2013.

The first one we found was Francis Meilland.  This is a new rose that I’ve had my eye on for several months.

Winter Sun rose, Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina.  August 6, 2013.

Winter Sun rose, Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina. August 6, 2013.

Winter Sun is another new rose that both of us found to be very beautiful.

Sweet Afton rose, Biltmore House & Garden, Asheville, North Carolina.  August 6, 2013.

Sweet Afton rose, Biltmore House & Garden, Asheville, North Carolina. August 6, 2013.

Sweet Afton was introduced in 1964.  I’m not sure it is still available, but both Betsy and I liked its beautiful pastel colors.

Queen Elizabeth rose, Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina.  August 6, 2013.

Queen Elizabeth rose, Biltmore House & Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina. August 6, 2013.

Queen Elizabeth is an even older rose (1955), but it is still a beauty.  I have seen it offered by several sources.

Do you have any suggestions for us?  We’re running out of places to put roses in our yard, although I’m sure the deer would be delighted to have a few more rose bushes to munch on.

Williamsburg Skies

October 4, 2013
The Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg.  September 21, 2013.

The Governor’s Palace at Colonial Williamsburg. September 21, 2013.

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Our first stop on our recent vacation was Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.  We walked through the garden behind the Governor’s Palace under a beautiful blue sky.

Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, Virginia.  September 21, 2013.

Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, Virginia. September 21, 2013.

One of the main purposes for our trip was to enable Betsy to do some research at Bruton Parish.  Her eight-times great grandfather, Thomas Ballard, was a member of the Vestry of the church from 1674 – 1683.  By the time we left the church there were some scattered light clouds in the sky.

The Capitol in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.  September 21, 2013.

The Capitol in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. September 21, 2013.

It was even cloudier when we walked over to the Capitol, but it was still a very pretty day.  All in all it was a nearly perfect day for visiting Colonial Williamsburg.