End of evening over the Tuleyries

I was chasing a bumblebee when I saw this view of the Tuleyries Farm, in the Blue Ridge mountains.  The farm is next door to the Virginia State Arboretum, near Winchester, Virginia.  Many moons ago, the Blandy family gifted the state of Virginia some land to be a boys school in agriculture.  Today it’s the Blandy Experimental Farm and state Arboretum.  Many moons ago, perhaps as many as the Blandy Farm land exchange, the Tuleyries Farm had the foresight to keep the house and land intact so that I could take this photo.  🙂


It’s a 1/125 a second at f/9, ISO 100.  I converted it to a black & white in Lightroom v.4 and did a little tweaking with exposure also.

A folly on the Tuleyries Farm, Winchester, Virginia. Taken in Spring, 2013.


The Blandy Experimental Farm and Virginia State Arboretum, Winchester, VA


Spring has come and the delicate flowers of the field are out!  The Blue Ridge mountains were gorgeous this last week.  Dogwoods, tulip trees, violets and tulips were everywhere.  It was hard to make a bad photo at the Arboretum, but I tried.  Of the hundreds I took, I did throw away three.  🙂


Busy week ahead.  Photographing the high school musical for my son’s school.  Beauty and the Beast.  Lots of fun.  Took cast photos two weeks ago and now the performances are up.  Went to the dress rehearsal today and had a good time snapping shots of the behind the scenes work that makes a musical actually work.


More to come!


Stage Door deli in Alexandria, Virginia

Stage Door deli in Alexandria, Virginia

The "Stage Door" deli and bar, Alexandria, VirginiaI went to Alexandria, Virginia last week for a class.  We drove all day Monday and I was pretty wiped out when we got there.  After a mini-nap, I went out to look for dinner–on President’s Day.  Most everything was closed, but I found the Stage Door bar and deli open.  I missed his name, but the guy in the window reflection is making me a meatball sub with mozzarella.  He did a great job with the sandwich too…really tasty.  He took his time making it perfect and packed it like it was a baby going out in the cold.  Definitely give this place a try the next time your in Old Towne Alexandria.

Found a review in the Washington Post’s eating guide.