My Aunt called me on Wednesday saying she was throwing a BBQ for my Grandmother on Mothers Day and my Mom was going to be there. So of course I was going to show up for a great chance to see my mother’s side of the family. It was a wonderful lazy afternoon on a day that finally saw the sun shinning. Jim cooked hot dogs and hamburger on the grill along with all the sides you would expect at such an event.
As the sun set and the light became soft I took advantage of the remote setting and got some pictures of the many birds around the yard. Alice’s house in Fredericksburg sits on 7 or so acres of land with dozens of bird houses and feeders. As you would expect the yard was filled with birds flying around also enjoying the late Spring afternoon. I framed shots with the a fence, bird house, and feeders in the pictures. I was even able to spot a rabbit right at the edge of the forest.
As the evening wound down and it was time to leave I decided to stop by the Chancellorsville Civil War Battlefield. A couple weeks ago I visited the Manassas Battlefield and figured it would be a good idea to stop by this one. Being far from my house I didn’t know the next time I would be down in the area. The setting Sun again provided some good opportunities for great photos. It was just to idyllic not to stop for a few minutes.
The small parking lot marked the site upon which the Chancellor House once stood. During the last day of the battle the house burned down to the ground as the Confederates over ran the superior numbers of the North. I was amazed to find out that all five cross roads from the original site are still being used today. Add a few extra lanes and some black asphalt for color and you take once narrow dirt roads soaked with American blood and turned them into modern roads. So as the sun set I got some decent shots of the surrounding field and cannons.