Friday, April 29, 2011

Close Up of Comet

My favorite dog to photograph is our beagle Comet. Not only because he is our dog, but because he is such a natural when it comes to posing for the camera. While other dogs would look away, Comet would simply strike a pose as if he knows what the camera is for. Recently, I got a new camera lens that is very good for taking close up photos. And you guessed it, I tested the lens on him. Here are some close up photos of Comet and you'll understand why he's such a "pro."

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Wyit Sprowls Covered Bridge

During our drive from Virginia to Illinois, we decided to do a quick side trip to Washington County, Pennsylvania where my husband's ancestors lived. Among the famous landmark in that County is a covered bridge named after my husband's great, great grandfather Wyit Sprowls. So, we met up with a wonderful long lost cousin-in-law who was so kind to lead us to the covered bridge which now stands in East Finley Park.

The Wyit Sprowls Covered Bridge was originally located in West Finley in Washington County. There seems to be a confusion as to the actual date when the bridge was built. Some online articles mention that it was built in 1875. Its builder is also unknown. The bridge was named after Wyit Sprowls because it was built around the land owned by the Sprowls family.

It was winter when we visited the covered bridge, and I couldn't help but be amazed at how it stood beautifully amidst the deep foot snow blanketing its surroundings. Every part of the bridge had been restored back to what it originally looked like. They said that the best time to visit the Sprowls bridge is during the Covered Bridge Festival in September where it becomes a home to family picnics, arts and crafts, home-style food and historical exhibition.

The Wyit Sprowls Covered Bridge

This is what it looks like inside

A marker on top of the bridge

An old schoolhouse sits near the Sprowls Covered Bridge

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. Aside from family gatherings, Christmas songs, and food, one of the things I look forward to during the holidays are the festive decors. It's always exciting to look at houses and buildings decked with colorful and bright ornaments. They make the season more joyful and magical. Here are some ornaments which we usually see during Christmas time.

Mr. Gingerbreadman

A Golden Tree


This one was not from our tree, but from a relative's place.