Welcome to Virginia!

red ripe strawberries, Virginia
Welcome to Virginia!

My wife didn’t hesitate when our daughter asked if she wanted to go pick strawberries. Like most folks, we love just-picked berries. If we still lived in Ohio, the berries likely would need several more days before they would ripen.

Having the opportunity to pick and enjoy red, ripe strawberries this early in the season was a reality check for us. We really were in Virginia! And for the record, the berries were delicious.

“Welcome to Virginia” is my Photo of the Week.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2017

Author: Bruce Stambaugh

Writer, marketer, columnist, author, photographer, birder, walker, hiker, husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, township trustee, converted Anabaptist, community activist, my life is crammed with all things people and nature and wonder. My late father gave me this penchant for giving and getting the most out of life, my late mother the courtesy, kindness, and creativity to see the joy in life. They both taught me to cherish the people I am with. I try and fail and try again.

12 thoughts on “Welcome to Virginia!”

  1. Beautiful! I have so enjoyed your posts and sharing so honestly about your move and the transition from a home of 38 years to a new adventure of being closer to ACTIVE schedule of grandchildren. Have to admit I even shed a tear or two. The honesty was so real.

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  2. Great photo. We moved from California to Virginia to be also be near our grand kids. We live in Culpeper. We are so happy and blessed to be here.


  3. I’m jealous! Here in Canada it will be over a month before we even think of picking strawberries! Looks so good. I very much enjoy your posts; the lovely photos, and your writing. You know how to use words, and it’s always interesting.

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    1. Well, don’t be jealous, Hazel. Just use this photo as positive anticipation of when you do get to pick your own up north. I’m glad you enjoy the pictures and stories. I appreciate you letting me know.
      All the best,


  4. Great photo Bruce. I can almost smell them!!! Next month I will be heading to our local family run farm here in western Pa. I get there in the morning when they are bringing in the first pick of the day. The strawberries are either covered in early morning dew or warm from the sun (depending on the weather). I bring them home and begin the process of making them into jam. It’s one of my favorite things to preserve. Your photo makes me long to hurry the days!

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