This is an image of a section of the Smith River, as it flows through Henry County, Virginia. It’s a popular recreational location for kayakers, canoeists and trout fishing enthusiasts. It’s also a popular place for photographers like me.
A colorful mix of butterflies, gathering on the damp sand along the shoreline of the Smith River near Martinsville, VA.
I’m really not sure why I was motivated recently to go buy gas for one of our cars before I ate breakfast, but I’m glad I did. The sky was clear and because of recent warmer than usual weather there was a lot of ground fog about. I remembered there was a dead end road behind the gas station where I was going. I’d driven down that road before and because of the morning fog, my mind envisioned possible photo compositions. After buying gas, I drove down that dead end road and this is what I saw.
Going past the barn I drove to the end of the road and looked up toward the low hills through a pathway in the brush that was inviting. However I decided just to record the scene and return home for a waiting breakfast, happy I’d been so motivated so early in the day.
Unexpected discoveries like this old house always make my day. The surprising thing was its location. It was less than five miles from where I live and right behind a grocery market I frequently drive by.
A recent visit to a local lake when the light was good and the water surface mirror-like resulted in some colorful compositions. The second image shows a portion of the concrete dam which created Philpott Lake, a popular recreational area near our home in SW Virginia.
We have an excellent exercising trail near where we live in Martinsville, Virginia. I walked a portion of its newest section recently, not so much for the obvious exercise value, but for the photo opportunities that I expected to see. Here are two examples.
We are blessed by nature’s beauty living where we do in SW Virginia. The Smith River is just one attraction. It’s a favorite location for trout fishing and kayaking. I love walking along its rocky shoreline … with lots more caution than I once exhibited thanks to a deteriorating body.