Fall colors are not only vibrant in the country, but when you look at city streets in many locations, there’s an equal amount of beauty.
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We are fortunate to live just two miles from the oldest NASCAR track: Martinsville Speedway. Racing began here in 1948 and the “paperclip” shaped track is the shortest (half-mile). A large percentage of fans consider racing here to be some of the best. This was especially true during the Fall 2015 NSACAR Sprint Cup race last Sunday, won by one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers, Jeff Gordon. It was his ninth win at Martinsville, and his 93rd career win during his storied career. This latest victory locked him into the “final four” drivers racing for the 2015 Sprint Championship later this month. I’ve been to most all the races here since 2002 and love it. While fans often see photos of the race itself and associated activities, few ever see it like I can, living so close … after the race.
This 1881 Victorian Style house was the home of the 32nd Governor of North Carolina, David Settle Reid, and he lived there for the last 10 years of his life, passing in 1891. He was one of six governors from Rockingham County, and the City of Reidsville bears his family name. This home was the first structure in Reidsville to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In short, I like the home because it is so scenic and colorful, providing lots of photographic angles. Here are some photos I made recently.
Selecting a primary photo subject when composing several scenes, especially in urban street scenes, is important to me as I wander around. This time it was “two windows.” However, I wanted to pick some unique aspects of the window scenes I saw. Results below. Note: Yes, there are two windows in the first photo, one is just boarded up. Smile.
Here are two images I saw in Reidsville, NC recently. While one of them is a single section of a large wall mural at least fifty feet wide, the other is a small window scene painted on the upper level of a retail establishment. That one was so realistic as I walked by on the opposite side of the street, at first I though the cat in the window was real. Nice work by the artists who painted these.
I was headed down a very narrow country road, seeking a place to turn around to get back to the highway I had planned to take (no, I wasn’t lost, just following my nose) when I spotted this very nice, old and deserted home, with NO TRESPASSING signs posted. I had to stop and get some photos, and I did. I figured I’d obey the signs and just wander around the yard, getting some photos, thinking the “no trespassing” applied to the house itself. As I got my last photo, I heard angry dogs barking from over a nearby hill. Time to go I told myself, and just as I got into my car there came the first (perhaps) unhappy farm dog looking for the trespasser (me). As I drove off, the dog looked at me and wagged his tail, I guess not so unhappy after all. But, I thanked the Good Lord for making me end my photo shoot when I did. There surely were other dogs around. It was a great experience and I took away some nice images.
Old wooden structures, with weather-beaten and rotting timbers, with green vegetation growing nearby, are especially nice photo subjects when you can find them. You have to drive narrow, winding country roads to find these, and watch carefully for Poison Ivy and local farm dogs that always seem to pop up for me, thankfully as I’m getting back in my car.
From 1893 to 1917, the Little Post Office in Martinsville, Virginia played a critical role in the expansion of the United States Postal Service’s local service, when it was operated as a “contract” post office. Such operations were typical at that time. Today, the historic building is made available for special events and historic displays. I’ve made numerous photos of the building before, and whenever I do, I make an angled-on composition first to show the complete building in (I think) the best manner, followed by a close-up image of some aspect, like the dimpled glass window, with reflected green trees and blue sky. So what if repeat what I’ve done before? I like it!