NC Mountain Legend: Mast General Store

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I’m a sucker for being first in line to visit any old General Store. Anywhere. We’re fortunate to live close to many still operating in the mountain regions of Virginia and North Carolina. My favorite is located in Valle Crucis, NC near Boone. Mast General Store has so much to see you need at least an hour, and even then you will feel like going around again to find that “special treasure” just waiting for you. In that regard, there’s lots to make you get your credit card out, or your cash, whichever. As far as photo opportunities are concerned … well, just take a look at what I saw recently.

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Looking up in Uptown Martinsville

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Martinsville, Virginia is my home. While I live just outside the city limits, I consider myself a resident, because I spend so much time there with my camera. I have seen the city in ways many people do not. At one time not too long ago, Martinsville was a primary “economic engine” for the Commonwealth. Today, not so much because of major changes in how America obtains manufactured goods, such as textiles and furniture…overseas versus local. But, this is another story. Here, I want to show you what I saw recently while “looking up” in Martinsville. More importantly, I’m convinced that the economic future of the city is also, “looking up.” Lots in that regard is ongoing, but again that’s another story. Now for the photos. PS: Others who live here might want to guess where the photo subjects are located.

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In the Wild

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I try to spend as much time as possible out walking, for two primary reasons: my health and my camera. When I’m walking in areas with wildflowers and other natural beauty, I’m always on the lookout for possible photo compositions. Like the one above, I recently found many more.

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Summertime Destinations

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It’s that time of year when people all across the country are planning for, or are departing on well deserved vacations. We just returned from a great trip to Northwest North Carolina, where we stopped along the way to take a look at one of the top places to see, Grandfather Mountain. The day we were there the top was closed due to thunderstorms and lightning; however, having been there several times before I pretty much knew knew what there was to see. But, as we were driving out of the parking lot I saw a part of the rugged mountain that I’d missed before. Here is that scene in all its beauty.

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North Carolina Highland Contrasts

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This beautiful scene made around 5000 feet in elevation recently is what I usually hope to find during my journey in and around the mountains of SW Virginia and NW North Carolina. However, when I find these same mountains in view right after thunderstorms have passed, leaving misty valleys, I believe they look better photographically in black and white. See for yourself.

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