Cascades

waterfall in virginia

Cascades

The Cascades falls are the surprise waiting at the end of a cool and forested two mile hike just a few miles from my home.  This trek is very popular among the local college students.  These four braved the slippery rock at the base of the falls before going for a cold swim in the pool.  I am so very lucky to live in a place with so much gorgeous scenery nearby.

Colorado Pines

colorado lake and pines in Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado Pines

About this time last summer, I made my very first trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, in Colorado.  It will, most certainly, not be my last.  At every turn, there is a scene like the one in this image.  The deep colors of the water below, offset by the bright whites in the clouds above and the never ending shades of green in between are calming not only to my eye, but also to my soul.  I have always found the Rocky Mountains to be majestic, and this trip certainly reinforced my love for all things Rocky.

Desert Moonrise

moonrise in the desert

Desert Moonrise

This gorgeous scene was one we came upon while exploring beautiful Arches National Park a few years ago.  The colors of the desert are so rich and rewarding at certain times of the day.  I love the reds and oranges in the rocks in this shot, and the rising moon just made it a “must shoot” situation.  I am so grateful to have traveled to so many stunning places across the beautiful United States.

Stiles Falls

Stiles waterfall at camp alta mons shawsville virginia

Stiles Falls

We enjoyed every minute of the perfect weather yesterday!  One of the things we did was a new-to-us hike to Stiles Falls.  This was a great little hike with several boulder-hopping creek crossings along the trail to the falls.  The falls themselves were a great treat for the eyes and ears.  Hopefully, we will tackle this nice little trail again sometime when the falls are frozen!