Tuesday, October 21, 2008

That's My World!


My corner of the world is Gainesville, VA, 30 miles due west of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. This is (was?) Virginia horse country, but scenes like the one above are rapidly being replaced by houses, shopping centers, and roads...It's a beautiful place, gently rolling hills at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

35 comments:

TSannie said...

Beautiful part of the world. And from the photos on your blog, LOADED with beautiful birds.

Tina said...

Living in Pa. we have visited your area a few times, and from seeing your beautiful photographs of flora and fauna we should try and visit again! :)

kjpweb said...

:) Glad you're on board! :)
And what you're talking about is a problem everywhere. Hope that the current crisis will sober up developers, to actually develop towns instead of highways with houses attached.
Cheers, Klaus

fishing guy said...

Helen: I do love to see the foothills of the Appellations. you live in a beautiful area of the country and I'm so glad you joined into My World.

AphotoAday said...

Amazing -- tranquility just 30 miles from WDC...
You are quite an accomplished photographer of birds -- great work...

2sweetnsaxy said...

I've always wanted to see horses in the wild, more or less. There is no wild any more, is there? I think it's sad we're losing more and more of that to housing.

Bird Girl said...

Yes, I remember vacationing in VA as a kid - and my sister loved horses - in the car we'd see pastures and fences and beautiful scenery! It really is too bad to see it disappear!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Lovely picture. It is a shame that developers are paving over the most beautiful places in our country. Perhaps the one good outcome of the economic downturn will be a decrease in new development--for a while anyway.
Marnie

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I was born and raised in Virginia--but it was the far southwestern corner (Big Stone Gap). One of my brothers used to live in Maryland--so we'd travel through Virginia on our way back and forth. You live in a gorgeous area!!! Hope you can keep the land for the horses --and keep 'progress' AWAY!!!!

Willard said...

A beautiful shot, and I second Klaus's comment. Even here in rural, southcentral Pa. we have become to a certain extent a bedroom community for D.C. and Baltimore, although there is still a lot of good country left.

Ecobirder said...

Looks very nice. Do you have any horses?

The Birdlady said...

Ecobirder, we don't have horses any more. My daughter was a rider, and when we moved to this area from Georgia in 86, we brought her horse....sold him when she started college...I love them, but have never ridden - I was the groom! :)

The Tile Lady said...

Wonderful My World Tuesday photo! Yes, it's sad to see the horse country of Virginia slowly changing. But, it is still such a beautiful part of the country! How nice it must be to live there!

Marie

Louise said...

Oh my. This IS beautiful. I love othe green, rolling hills. Sad that it's going away. What a beautiful place to live, though.

Denise BC said...

Seems to be a really great place, quiet, no pollution and noise estrondosos of large cities. was very kind to share, thank you for visiting friendly.
hugs from Brazil

Stacey Huston said...

What a beautiful world we all live in isn't it!

TCKK said...

Nice picture. I could imagine sitting out there with a good book and enjoying God's scenery.

June said...

Your area is beautiful land...I remember how much I thought so a couple of years ago when I got off the interstate and traveled through it on my way to Harper's Ferry/DC.

Carletta said...

Lovely pastural scene!
My son lives in Leesburg, VA in more horse country.

Eve said...

I pick horses over houses!

Arija said...

Great country you live in.The machine age has brought change at too rapid a rate. Whole forests can be decimated in a matter of days and weeks rather than a slow chang over many years. The massive expansion of towns coupled with greed is a blight on our earth.

Kathiesbirds said...

Love the pic! I hope they don't develop it all. I saw the same thing happen to much of the farmland in CT. How sad! Farmland has its own beauty and should be preserved just like ohter natural areas. Besides, some of our best birds love this open country!

Voz do meu Coração said...

Your blog this magnificent, with all these beautiful pictures that I love. Congratulations.

Besides all the good things you can see, read and learn here.

babooshka said...

I love the world you occupy full of birds and wildlife.

Rural Writer said...

Lovely picture. We have the same problem around here, with farms being made into subdivisions right and left. I sometimes wonder where we're going to get food when all the farms are paved over.

Roy said...

Sounds like a lovely area Helen. I hope they don't encroach any further in Horse country. Perhaps now this will not happen having regard to the recession etc.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Beautiful picture, love the different angles in it

Lilli & Nevada said...

Beautiful setting and yes it is sad that things get taken over by the housing industry

Shellmo said...

This is how I picture Virgina - rolling hills and a horse grazing nearby. Developers should focus on redeveloping depressed areas and fixing that as opposed to eating up vibrant untouched land.

NCmountainwoman said...

I cringe at the thought of that lovely pasture being developed! Wonderful photograph.

Denise said...

Hi Helen, a beautiful photo and as we live in the same area I agree with you on the developing. Farmland is fast disappearing. Thank you very much for identifying my mystery bird for me. Have a great day.

Mary said...

Hard to believe this is so close to Washington! This is so lovely and it is a shame to have urban sprawl continue to wipe out scenes like this. How many shopping centers do we need???

DeeMom said...

What a wonderful picture, so peaceful
As for farm land, growing food, our animals, IT IS SAD to see this diminishing… THEY call it Progress I am told ;)

dot said...

What a beautiful scene! Our countryside seems to be disappearing every where. Sad but true.

Island Rambles Blog said...

you have so many comments today, I think the room is full, perhaps I will come back on a quiet day and we can have a cup of tea together and talk about birds and how important they are....