Sunrise Yoga

Recently Middleburg Photo and I had the pleasure of attending Sunrise Yoga at the Salamander Resort Stable in Middleburg, Virginia. A die hard Pilates (and horse) fanatic, I have always found yoga to be a bit intimidating.  Luckily, yoga doesn’t require a flexible body, just a willing mind.


What could be better than an early morning sunrise, a beautiful vista and a few other folks to start the day with?  Somehow this setting made practicing chaturanga easy!

yoga-14-EditThe true essence of Salamander Resort and Spa can be appreciated by watching the sun beginning to rise.  The combination of the early morning cloud bank framing the verdent paddocks, board fencing and horses grazing was breath taking.  Gazing at the dairy barn and silos, one could envision Middleburg in an earlier time, when the milkman made his rounds with his horse and buggy.


The stable is lovely.  I cannot wait to practice here again.. or ride!


‘Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, “you owe me”  Look what happens with a love like that.  It lights the whole sky.’ ~Hafiz

Spend time today.  Look up.  Look at the sky, the clouds, the sun.  Be thankful.



~ Namaste ~

Joan Strahler  for Middleburg Photo.  Thank you to Yogaletics Wear for the lovely and comfortable leggings. Thank you Salamander Resort and Spa and Horse Yoga Girl for the opportunity to practice and for Middleburg Photo to capture these images. Continue reading

Naked Lunch

Our Reds and Chef Stamer's Lasagna

Our Reds and Chef Stamer’s Lasagna

The mantle over the large stone fireplace

The mantle over the large stone fireplace

Naked Lunch

by Steve Chase


We headed out Leeds Manor Road from Paris today to grab some lasagna and wine at Naked Mountain Vineyards.  For those who have not driven this route, it is a spectacular short drive that crosses the northern start of the Blue Ridge. Perched on the south end of the drive in Markham, Naked Mountain is a small and cozy place that is a big contrast from some of the other local wineries that are often crowded and loud.


The view from the winery house is spectacular, looking down towards Shenandoah National Park.  While the deck is an excellent place to hang out with a glass of wine, we opted to eat indoors with some rainy weather looking imminent.  After tasting three decent reds, we decided on a bottle of the somewhat complex cross-vintage Raptor Red and the Scarlet Oak Red a very tasty Rhone-style red.  Chef Eric Stamer makes a great lasagna, both meat and vegetarian.  The large portion had just the right balance of pasta, filling, and cheese, topped of with a ladle full of well-simmered marinara.


We left with a few bottles to bring home, and think that lasagna at Naked Mountain could become a regular habit.

We are delighted to have Steve Chase share his thoughts on our visit to Naked Mountain, photography by Karen and Doug

Lined up and ready

The bar sceneA view of the warm inviting winery

A view of the warm inviting winery


Em – A Portrait Session 07.03.2011

Em and her family have been long time friends of ours, Renee and I used to work at the bank together and Em well as you can see is a beautiful young lady with the world at her fingertips.

Location-Delaplane  Virginia also known as Piedmont Station where General Johnson and his Valley Army boarded the train on their way to the “First Battle of Manassas Virginia”.

Part of our series “Locally Grown” ~Karen