Made some nice photos on my morning walk today through the neighborhood. Nice colors.
Category Archives: Flowers
While temperatures have been hot this summer here in SW Virginia, frequent rain has helped balance that out, and as a result the flowers and other greenery are really popping out.
For me, Sunday morning is a highlight of the week just ended, and the week about to start. As I step outside (often with my camera in hand) to express my thanks for what I’ve been given, I look around and see just how beautiful the world is. It’s all how we look at it. Sometimes it’s hard to do this, given all the hardship, anger and bad news that too often bombards our senses. No matter, I choose to remain positive that there is far more “good” out there than “bad.” Like with this Butterfly.
There’s no question in my mind at least, that the “best” camera is the one you have with you at the time you see a perfect photo opportunity. iPhone 6s camera for example, which I always have in my pocket. Thus, I hardly ever miss recording such beauty (below) as I did over the past few days. In case you’re wondering, I also use (a lot) my Fuji X100t and Panasonic GX7 and love them dearly. My big Nikon DSLR (D300) is packed away, but in it’s day I loved it too. Just not lugging it around. I just flat LOVE making photos!
Before the arrival of railroads in the Dan River Valley region of SW Virginia, goods were transported to city and town markets via flat-bottomed boats. By the late 19th Century, railroads had taken over that purpose. A rail line was completed from Danville to Stuart in 1884 and passed through Martinsville. The “Danville and Western Railroad” was nicknamed the “Dick and Willie” by local residents and while train traffic was discontinued years ago, the roadbed of the line has been converted into a multi-purpose recreational trail as it passes through Martinsville. The 4.5 mile long trail is used today by thousands annually, and the name Dick and Willie remains affectionally in the hearts of many. Recently, I took a early morning walk along the trail, and was rewarded not only by the exercise I had, but by the beauty of wildflowers and greenery all along the route. Kudos to local government planners and officials for making this all possible.