But in every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.
~ John Muir
This image was captured along the Lake Loop Trail at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia and may be my favorite image from the week we spent there. With this you have a bit of everything: The mountains through the trees, part of the hiking trail, and a lovely view of Hungry Mother Lake between the trees as well.
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
“Fear never scaled one mountain, never stepped up on a stage, never accepted a challenge, never tilled new ground, never walked in a race; he never even dared to dream. Fear failed to slay a single dragon. Remember this before you choose to keep his company.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich
A Widow Skimmer Dragonfly (I think)
I used to be so afraid of dragonflies. Of all kinds of insects really - until a little over 10 years ago when Jim purchased my first camera for me. Since then I've been hooked on viewing nature - and some of it quite closely. The intricacies of the wings of a dragonfly make my heart sing
History is a symphony of echoes heard and unheard. It is a poem with events as verses.
~ Charles Angoff
This is what Wikipedia says about Ghost Signs:
A ghost sign is an old hand-painted advertising sign that has been preserved on a building for an extended period of time. The sign may be kept for its nostalgic appeal, or simply indifference by the owner
Ghost signs are found across the world with the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Canada having many surviving examples. Ghost signs are also called fading ads[ and brickads. In many cases these are advertisements painted on brick that remained over time. Old painted advertisements are occasionally discovered upon demolition of later-built adjoining structures. Throughout rural areas, old barn advertisements continue to promote defunct brands and quaint roadside attractions.
Many ghost signs from the 1890s to 1960s are still visible.Such signs were most commonly used in the decades before the Great Depression.