oh what fleeting moments I should capture, oh what memories I should still possess

Posts tagged “Fredericksburg Virginia



What I see is a quaint little restaurant courtyard, cozy and quiet – that I can’t get to. What I think is, were these gates open to me, I probably wouldn’t have as much desire to get in.


There are two tragedies in life.

One is not to get your heart’s desire.

The other is to get it.

– George Bernard Shaw


here is the steeple

You can just glimpse the top of this steeple in Tuesday's picture "Unique". What I see is part of a large building in downtown Fredericksburg. What I think is that I am drawn to the crisp lines of a building's architectural elements, brought out by the sun on a nice clear day.


A day without sunshine is like,

you know,


– Steve Martin

something pretty to look at

What I see is the side of a building that would be rather nondescript if it weren't for several of these little indentations placed at intervals along the wall. I thought it was interesting that someone paid to have a railing put here that serves no functional purpose. What I think is that wild animals don't decorate their spaces for the specific purpose of having something pretty to look at.


Many animals build their own homes,

but humans are the only species

that have fabricated

an entirely new habitat for themselves.

Of course, I kind of like how the old one is decorated.


This is Fredericksburg, seen from an upper window of one of its many museums. I don't know why this window had a screen on it, since it's surely never opened, but it made for an interesting effect. What I see is a lot of roofs. What I think is that this could be any city.


Always remember

that you are absolutely unique.

Just like everyone else.

– Margaret Mead

looking up

I took this picture at a bookstore in Fredericksburg. My nephews played with a band here last summer, and I loved the space, so I went back in the daytime to take more pictures. What I see here is a lovely kind of skylight and some posters displayed for sale. What I think is that it's so worth it to take some time and look around.


The moment one gives close attention to any thing,

even a blade of grass,

it becomes a mysterious, awesome,

indescribably magnificent world in itself.

– Henry Miller

a section of fence

What I see is a small section of the fence that surrounds a church in downtown Fredericksburg. For some reason, I find the repetition of dark shapes against the cool green background very relaxing. What I think is the detail is as interesting as the whole.


It’s the little things that are vital.

Little things make big things happen.

– John Wooden

entrances leading out

I took this picture in downtown Fredericksburg, where there are many of these entrances leading out to little courtyards or small restaurants. What I see is a doorway to a very inviting space. What I think is that doorways were meant to be gone through.


Look on every exit

as being an entrance somewhere else.

– Tom Stoppard

what we leave behind

A look through the storefront of one of Fredericksburg's many "antique malls". Every historical town has their fair share of these, filled to the brim with other people's trash and treasures. What I see is a carousel horse, which first caught my eye, but also a picture of a man. Old pictures like this can be found at any antique store, and I always wonder how they made their way out of the family and into the public. Did the family die out? Or did the picture just lose its value because they no longer remember who this man was? What I think is that he was important once. He lived; he was a baby and a boy and then a man, and someone loved him. Maybe that's enough.


I made my life my monument.

– Ben Johnson

Red Cats and Elephants

I snapped this picture the day my sister and I took the girls for a walk downtown. Seeing these cats sitting in the window made me happy for no particular reason. What I see is a window sill filled with someone else's nick nacks. What I think of is how much happiness our little treasures can bring us.


They were all so happy they could hardly speak at first.
They just looked with shining eyes
at those lovely Christmas presents.
But Laura was happiest of all.  Laura had a rag doll.

Laura sat down on the edge of the bed and held her doll.
She loved her red mittens and she loved the candy,
but she loved her doll best of all.  She named her Charlotte.

– Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House in the Big Woods

casting shadows

This picture was taken outside of a church in downtown Fredericksburg. What I see is the shadow of a fence, so sharp in the foreground that it almost seems to have structure and weight itself. What I think of is how often people don't really see the real us; they only see the impression that we make. What I feel is that I should work on my posture.


In a very real way,

we are

the shadows that we cast.


These stairs are on the outside of a building in downtown Fredericksburg. What I see is ordinary metal stairs with pretty scroll-work decoration between each step. What I think of is how I go through much of my life with my head down, lost in my thoughts and concerns. What I wonder is how many other interesting and lovely things I may have missed along the way.


The question is not

what you look at,

but what you see.

– Henry David Thoreau