I’m so blessed to be surrounded here in SW Virginia, by so much beauty to share with you through the lens of my cameras.
Category Archives: Landscape
I know I’ve been posting a lot of images from my most recent day-trip into the Blue Ridge Mountains of SW Virginia, and what you see here are the last of my favorites. I’ll turn to other subjects next, but each will still be in the same region … just not “on the mountain.” The last one is my “most” favorite.
For years, on my way “up the mountain” I have driven by this pastoral farm scene, just above 3000 feet in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I usually stop across the road next to a Farmer’s Market, and inspect “the view” of the barn, the surrounding fields, the ridge line behind, and most importantly … the sky. It’s become one of my “favorite places” to make a photo of the region. Last week with my wife Barb riding along, about a mile from the location, I said “I bet those orange flowers will be in bloom by the roadside and that should make for a nice photo.” I was right. What I had not predicted, however, was how nice the sky would look. I felt really good when I got home and downloaded my photos from our day on the mountain, and saw that once again, my favorite place did not disappoint.
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.
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.