Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed places on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is historically interesting, as it was constructed in 1903, and has operated as a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, a sawmill, and a gristmill. It is extremely picturesque, with the setting putting on various shows of color, depending on the season. If you are ever fortunate enough to find yourself on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, be sure to spend a little time exploring Mabry Mill.
I love the colors of this little guy. He does look just a little put out that his peaceful day in the pond was so rudely interrupted by a bunch of crazy people chasing him around. He is a permanent resident of the pond at the house we rented near Stowe, Vermont a couple of summers ago, and brings back great memories of a fun family trip full of all kinds of adventure… including frog catching!
I am not known to be an early morning person! Several weeks ago though, I had to be up early to get my daughter to an out of town event. Luckily, I took my camera with me. Once I was on my way back home, and good and awake, I began to appreciate the early morning light as the sun came up, and decided to make a stop by a local park. I had been to this park many times before, but I found it especially serene and peaceful in the solitude of early morning. The light coming off the pond was warm and wonderful, and provided a great and worshipful way to start my day.
Along the trail of a recent hike, we came upon this peaceful scene. The red canoes, just waiting for adventure, were so pretty against the green of the landscape. A truly summer vignette.
Springtime at the Pond
The word reflection is defined both as “a reflected image” and as “careful thought.” During this Holy Week, I hope to be more aware of visual reflections, like this image of Springtime at the pond, that promote a spiritual reflection within me.