Red Dirt Farm and Studio

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country roads

Kim of Red Dirt Farm and Studio

We pulled out of the driveway and zipped past the corn fields and the barns.  My camera snapping away.

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Yep, I hung out the window like a dog, snapping photos as we flew down the country roads.

Bright blue skies with big puffy white clouds.

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Along rolling hillsides.


Down to the river.

The James River is Virginia’s largest river, flowing across the entire state from its beginning at the headwaters of the Cowpasture and Jackson Rivers in Bath and Highland Counties, to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton Roads. The James is Virginia’s largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. The river is 340 miles long, which makes it one of the longest rivers in America that begins and ends in the same state.


A blue damsel fly rest on the banks of the river in a mud flat.


The recent heavy rains have turned the mighty James into roaring mud.

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A ride in the country would not be complete without barns.



and rusty buildings

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A yard full of bugs.


I have a special place in my heart for country churches.

We came upon this charming little church hidden among the grand old oaks.



The old slag glass with beautiful greens, purples and browns I wanted to capture in color, sadly I didn’t do it justice.

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The cemetery calls for me to explore.

For my friend at Southern Rural Route – this one is for you.


I know how you love those lizards!




This particular cemetery had headstones for several children, and with all the sadness there is a certain sweetness too.



Back on the road we find an old school house.

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And a haunted house, well if it isn’t it should be.


A great day riding with my man.  Back home, a beautiful night sky unfolds into a super moon kind of night.



Looking up through a canopy of pine needles it looks kind of lacy.


Hope y’all have a great weekend with the one you love, doing what you love.

See you later, Bye!


14 thoughts on “country roads

  1. Thanks for taking me on a road trip today… I enjoyed it! I just found out my family will be taking a road trip in August. Don’t you just love a good road trip?


    1. Melissa, I love that you used the words road trip up-teen times! Remember to share your journey with us in blog-land.
      I do love a road trip and I am hoping for a good long one soon…


  2. says:

    Great photos, Kim. My favorite was the fourth one down with the fences and curving road but the old rusty buildings, barns and churches were splendid, too. And that lovely moon! Even chuckled over the yard of “bugs.” Nice of you to think of me on your outing even if it was in connection with a lizard. Vile creatures. I wonder where the cut-off is as you go north – when lizards disappear. Gators, too. You go gators in that river?


    1. I love the way you make me laugh! No gators, just river monsters! I’ve been thinking about you and hope you are doing ok. I’m keeping you in my thoughts, sometimes with lizards sometimes not. xoxok


      1. says:

        Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts, lizards and all. The doc gave me a price break down to what I can afford — $1100 — and I’m having the procedure done Wednesday, the 5th.


  3. Winter Owls says:

    Kim, thank you for taking me on such a lovely country drive, I especially loved the old buildings and the headstones were sad but beautiful. The yard full of bugs was very funny!

    Jen x


    1. My pleasure to take you along:) I so enjoy seeing other parts of the world through our blog connections. So many places I would love to travel to, like your neck of the woods. But for now I am most happy reading and seeing the photos.
      Have a good week.


  4. JC says:

    Hi Kim! Love all your pictures! When my man and I go to WVa. I think of you. There are so many old picturesque buildings I always think ,if Kim & I were on this drive it would take 5 hours instead of 2 1/2 . We would stop and take SOOOOOO many pictures. Love the bug one! Your so witty!
    Peace JC


    1. WVa road trip!
      I think the man came up with the bug comment, I got to give him credit.


  5. erjackevie says:

    The pictures were beautiful and those lizards did remind me of Farmer Jones at Southern Rural Route.


    1. Thank you for your lovely compliment, and for stopping in and saying Hi! Farmer Jones, cracks me up.


  6. artsychicksw says:

    Kim, What a lovely day and drive you had! Your photos are really wonderful…I love the ones with the deep blue sky and green green grasses. I’m a nature girl through and through (though I like to be close to modern conveniences) and very much appreciate all your photos. Almost felt like I was along for the ride with you and Mr. Cottage! 😉 So glad you shared…Peace to your heart, Sara


  7. Beautiful pics Kim 🙂


    1. Thank you Caroline, we had a fun day together. xok


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