Motorcycle Wanderings, General Travel, and a Weird Mix of Other Stuff


While enjoying my randomish ramble to Love, Virginia this past Saturday, I stopped at the Loft Mountain Wayside along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.

As I was preparing to depart, I noticed a large patch of wildflowers on the hill beside the building. Looking a bit more closely, I also observed a bunch of butterflies and bees enjoying said flowers. So I grabbed the point-and-shoot (aka “real” camera) and walked over for a closer look.

I only watched for about 5 minutes. The flowers were in the sun, and it was around 2:30, close to the hottest part of the day. I managed to capture some nice images. The color was a bit washed-out on all of them since the sun was so bright (that’s why midday is not the best time for pics), so I had to adjust the input levels a bit with PhotoShop Elements. I re-sized the pics to post, too.

I hope you enjoy the shots as much as I do. If you click on an image, you’ll get a better view.


Three’s a Crowd



Worker Bees



The Soloist



Grab Hold



Seeing Double






Rough Around the Edges









Accent Colors

My Mom loved butterflies. I can’t help but think of her every time I see one.

Tomorrow marks three years since her passing. She was my biggest fan, and would have enjoyed this post.


  1. shan's Gravatar shan
    August 18, 2015    

    I’m glad you found a way to remember your Mom.

    I like the ‘uplifted’ picture the most.

    • August 20, 2015    

      Thanks, Shan.

  2. August 18, 2015    

    Beautiful photos! I guess the “real camera” still has a place…

    • August 20, 2015    

      Richard, absolutely! Thanks for the compliment.

  3. August 18, 2015    

    Wow, Toadmama, for a mere 5 minutes, you grabbed some great shots! Well done.

    • August 20, 2015    

      Thanks, Ry. I’m fast. 🙂

  4. August 19, 2015    

    What a beautiful way to be reminded of your mom. They’re just lovely.


    • August 20, 2015    

      Thanks, Fuzz.

  5. August 19, 2015    

    What gorgeous shots, all of them! So crystal clear. And a lovely way to remember your mom. 🙂

    • August 20, 2015    

      The bright sun helped with the clarity. Thanks for the kind words.

  6. August 19, 2015    

    Beautiful pictures. A nice memory post of your mom.

    • August 20, 2015    

      Thanks, B!

  7. Deb's Gravatar Deb
    August 21, 2015    

    A hidden world unbeknownst to those who fail to look and see the daily wonders going on around them.
    Nice way to honor your mom’s memory.
    Thanks for sharing…

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