Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Town and Gown

For the end of the year, the intersection of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg.  Main St. and Alumni Mall; the iconic Cook's Clean Center and Mike's Grill....love it.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Covered Bridge

A group of volunteers manages and maintains a real covered bridge in Giles county.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Mill Stone

In front of one of the Blacksburg municipal office buildings, the Wang House, there is a series of stones.  Perhaps there was a quarry that provided excellent grind stones.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Lobby of the Taubman

Looking out at Roanoke from the lobby.  The coffee sign is on the roof across the street.

Friday, December 27, 2013

A new business downtown

Avail Vapor is on Main St., downtown.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Mountain Lake

In the middle of this photo is Mountain Lake.  Some geologists have been working to get it to refill; perhaps with some success.  There is water down there.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Change in the colors

The religious season changes and the purple of advent is now the white candles of Christmas

Monday, December 23, 2013

Advent Wreath

The season of Advent, marked by the wreaths with purple ribbons, is just about complete. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Storm clouds in the sun

The sky was magnificent this morning with the sun and the storm clouds. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Social House was Taylor House

Work is progressing on this building on Main St.  In July, it seems a dilapidated old house.  The refurbishing of the exterior seems finished.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Middle School

One of the new school buildings.  Blacksburg has an education district where there are elementary, middle and high school buildings.  There are schools in other locations in the community too.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Is it a mural?

This painting on a brick wall is next to the Taubman Museum in Roanoke. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sunset at cemetery

West View Cemetery with dramatic clouds.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Part of the Parks and Recreation office

Certainly seems a delightful office.  It is a historic home preserved and used for Blacksburg town offices.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Community Band Holiday Pops Concert

Blacksburg Community Band Holiday Pops Concert featured all the great holiday songs, Santa and an elf.  It was held in the new Blacksburg High School.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Main Street Signs

There are many promotional signs along Main St.  Each seems to have delightful spirit and style.

Re-creating continues

The Black House project continues.  First I thought it was a Christmas tree...but it must be part of the steep roof.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Construction at The Edge

The new construction at an old development.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winter trees

Seems starkly black and white, but those were the colors.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Plain sky for cold day

Today the weather was plain.  No storm, no blue sky.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Icy morning

The weather forecast last night was for icy conditions.  Icy trees this morning right on schedule.  But the weather was not so hazardous.  It  was not too dangerous locally.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Symbol of the Advent season

The second candle is lighted to mark the Advent journey.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Nearby Roanoke

Some of the iconic symbols of nearby Roanoke.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Blacksburg launches the holiday season

Celebration in downtown tonight for the tree lighting.  The tuba band has a grand sound playing holiday music. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Music is always in season

Music is a constant part of life.  Sometimes the season brings even more music as people celebrate the holidays.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Research greenhouses

I would guess the plants in this research greenhouse are in a study that includes longer exposure to light than the Blacksburg day is providing now.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Horses on Hill at Hoge Pasture

The Hoge Pasture, next to a stable, is two blocks from Main St.  It gives Blacksburg a "rural" view from some angles. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Older home

This home in one of the older neighborhoods is in the midst of some of the older apartment buildings.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Media Building

My favorite building downtown and Virginia Tech.  It is the edge of campus.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Row of trees

Looking toward a valley, there is a row of trees.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Trying to snow

It has been trying to snow all day.  The weather info says that tomorrow, Thanksgiving, will be sunny, but cold.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Weather is rain

True, this pix was taken last month; the weather today has been rain all day. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Moss Center for the Arts

The Moss Center for the Arts is one of the defining buildings of the Arts District.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Across from Virginia Tech

One of the entrances to Virginia Tech is along Alumni Mall.  These downtown businesses are at that entrance.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Eastern Continental Divide

It is grand that Blacksburg has many features.  This sign appeared.  I  saw it only yesterday.  Once, a long time ago, there was a sign marking the Eastern Continental Divide, but, the story I heard, is that the sign was repeatedly stolen.  I am so glad it has been replaced and hope this sign has a long life.

I wonder which side the place where I live is.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Seems a park

There are benches as if this is a park. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Catawba Valley

Beautiful day and magnificent sun set at Catawba Valley

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mural just on Main St.

This mural is along a wall connecting Main St. with an alley.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Comparing Climbing gyms

There is an indoor climbing close by that I go to frequently.  So I was interested to compare a gym from another area.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Great trees by a home

This home is on a small section of East Roanoke St.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Lines and reflections

Just the straight lines of the bank building next to the curves of the Rock 'n Rollin Hooptie van.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Going to be a new restaurant

Some remodeling action at this Jackson St. building.  In the doorway is this drawing.