One Nice House

This old Victorian-style “Gingerbread” house is now home to a real estate firm in Martinsville, Virginia where I live. I wanted to make a photo of it while there was still some snow on the bushes out front. I’m glad I did that when I did, because by the time I got home, most of the snow had melted. If you have never used a wide angle focal length such as here, you will not understand why the house “leans” a bit. It’s all about the lens design, such that you get as much in the frame as possible. So much for my photo technology teachings.

Mabry’s Mill along the Blue Ridge Parkway

This is probably one of the most “photographed” attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and NOrth Carolina. Whenever I go past, I MUST stop to capture an image…at least one, usually more. There is a restaurant adjacent to the old mill and it’s adjacent structures and attractions, and during summer weekends there are exhibitions given by artisans who demonstrate how milling and farming tasks were done in times past. Hard to find a place to park then. But in the winter months, the place is essentially deserted, as it was the day I was there for this photo opportunity.

Lover’s Leap View

I was stopped just below 3000 feet elevation along Highway 58 headed “up the mountain” (as it’s called around here when one goes into the Blue Ridge Mountains) at a popular location called Lover’s Leap. An old indian legend gave the spot its name. Anyway…I spotted the red-roofed farm way below, and I positioned myself so it could be seen, framed by a couple of trees. The best time to make photos in the Blue Ridge is (in my opinion) when there are no leaves on the trees. You can just see so much more, and besides the air is much clearer in the winter months at this elevation. Click the image to enlarge so you can see the farm better.

Our First Snow Day in 2012

Well…it finally came…snow that is. Best part is being able to make photos at sunrise, next best part is that it’s going to warm up today. As my Dad used to say when I was a young boy, “God brought it son and He will take it away.” For me now, that will happen quickly…thus making it unnecessary for me to have to shovel it off the driveway. Thankfully! Here’s some outside and one inside photo to record the event. I suspect this will be “it” for snow this winter. That’s fine by me, ’cause the next time it might be a “shovel” event.

This Old House

Like a moth drawn to a warm summer’s evening porch light, it’s impossible for me to pass up photo opportunities which usually exist on, in and around old, abandoned houses. I’m fortunate to be living near many such photo attractions, as I drive around rural southern Virginia and northern North Carolina, on one of my many totally unplanned but always rewarding photo road trips. A recent late afternoon journey brought me to Sandy Ridge, North Carolina…just a road junction mostly, but with an old house and its surrounding attractions you see below sitting right at that intersection. An hours driving, using $3.49 gas, brought me here, but it was definitely worth the time and cost. I hope you enjoy seeing a part of what I saw.

As an aside, for any “photo guys” who might be interested, I used a new camera to make these photos. It’s a much smaller and lighter interchangeable lens camera system, Panasonic GX1, which is taking the place of my MUCH larger and heavier Nikon DSLR I’ve been lugging around for years. So far, the camera is performing as I hoped it would. As a second aside, there is a growing trend world wide toward these lighter but still excellent performing camera systems, leaving larger more traditional DSLRs to those who make their living totally with photography.