Some photos I took as February faded into March....
Photos of food and fun times taken all over North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC. In the capital I had a great weekend with friends attending the Cherry Blossom Festival, eating delicious pizza, and bakery-hopping, before we divided our spoils and tried ALL of the cupcakes.
On our drive back down south, we stopped at a beautiful place in Virginia called Barboursville Vineyards (which is actually just a half-hour or so away from my hometown). That's where all the pictures of rolling hills, daffodil fields, and crumbling bricks were taken. The original mansion, designed by Thomas Jefferson, burned down in 1884, but the nearby vineyard maintains the ruins, providing a picturesque setting for trying dozens of winessss.
Apparently it had snowed the night before. Kind of surreal to see snow melting serenely over yellow spring flowers.
Nothing ever makes my breath catch in my chest quite like the transluscent blue mountains, lush fields, and white fences of the central Virginia countryside. (Except for maybe this same setting in the autumn.) I felt blessed to get a lungful of home on our journey back.
(These are a mixture of disposable prints and the test run from my new camera! More to be posted on flickr eventually.)