I have many photographs made right from this spot…the overlook of Philpott Lake, next to the Army Corps of Engineers Visitor’s Center near Bassett, Virginia. I like to make photos from this panoramic view location as the seasons change, and that’s what I was doing with my “almost winter” shot here. Note the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. Converting my color photo to black and white made it appear more dramatic in my opinion. As an aside, I can monitor the lake’s water level from here too, by looking at the shoreline. The Army Corps has a dam located just to the right and below this overlook. They release water from time to time into the Smith River…which is full of trout. Philpott Lake is managed by the Corps, and they do an excellent job.

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