On my recent trip back home, I got stuck in traffic between two tunnels through the mountains in western Virginia. I stuck the camera out of the window and snapped this shot. We had all been sitting still for about 20 minutes at that point. Can you see the thin whitish line just to the right of the middle, about an inch above the top of the car ahead of me? That is the entrance to the tunnel. The maintenance staff had one tiny section (ten feet) of the tunnel closed for repairs, and it caused this backup of traffic for almost an hour. If we had to be stopped, though, I can't think of a more beautiful day to do it. The sky was blue, the air warm and clean, the mountains green and lush and my attitude mellow, in spite of the delay. I love those mountains!
My friend took me to a local farmer's market for lunch in Charleston; at that time only flowers and plants were for sale, as the vegetables had not started coming in yet. I had to take a few photos of them: echinacea and gorgeous roses! I really wanted to buy the rose bushes and bring them home with me, but I have such poor soil to grow anything that I hardly bother anymore. I love the color of the roses on the bottom of that photo.