Sunday, August 31, 2014

Luray Caverns 2 ~

Some of the older buildings on the place. 

One of the many walkways along the Cavern floor.

Pearl formations in on area of the Cave. 

Cave Pool.

The Hills pretty much hidden by the clouds.  But it was nice to know there are hills in this State.

DS came with us on this trip, a bit of a break from all the College classes.  He had fun panning for stones, with the screenings they sell.

Bright blue pool...  looks pretty shallow right?  Reading up on it,  it ranges from 6 to 7' deep!

Was a long day, but well worth it.

Luray Caverns ~

Went to the Luray Caverns last Saturday. Was 2 1/2 hours away, but worth the drive.
Was rainy, Cloudy, hard to see the hills... but it was nice to be on a road again, that was like Cornelius Pass in Oregon.
Twisty!  LOL

Was told the Caverns were cold, they weren't to me. Would of liked it to be much cooler... but was a nice change.
Interesting all the different smells. 

Had to use my Canon without the try pod or flash, because there were soooo many people! 
Hope to do another trip, when there are less people about.

DH and DS really enjoyed the caves too.

The Start of the journey under the world.

The photo above,shows how dark the Caverns were. Luckily the Canon can handle low light well.

One part of the ceiling

Caves within a Cave.

Reflection on glass smooth water. What you see on the bottom of the photo, isn't really there. 
How cool is that?! LOL

The above photo, is just of the water and reflection.

All the photos above are from the Reflection Pool.
Was incredible to see in person.

The Waterfall of Stone,  45' tall.

What they call the Xmas Tree/Sea Shell/layer cake.  A very interesting formation to be sure.
Two different photos, one from above and the other from below.

Have a few more photos to go through and will post them when I am finished.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ginter Botanical Gardens~

We heard of a big Green House awhile back but never got around to going, until Yesterday.
We decided to visit the minute it opened on a Sunday morning. That way, we would pretty much have the place to ourselves.
Was so nice looking~~~~
Decided to buy a yearly pass.

The gardens are very well done, clean, no trash any where. They clearly take pride in these gardens.

Look forward to many future visits here.

There are a number of well done Fountains on the grounds.

Pretty little pond with a couple of turtles in it.

Inside captures of the, quite, large green house. I could use one of these. ;O)

Butterfly that liked my Hat.

Butterfly's every where.  This one blends in very well.

DH enjoying the morning in the Green House.

Just one of the many, many Butterflies.  Will be working on the photos the next couple of days.

Find the Butterflies!