Finding and photographing our past


I made this photo last summer. It’s a favorite, and had I not taken a dirt road I’d not have found it. Exploring can be rewarding. For a couple of reasons, I’ve been side-lined from my usual road trips seeking such photo treasures. Winter weather in April being one. So, I decided to publish some from 2017.  This cabin held many secrets, all based only on my imagination. Who lived here? When? Why is there a fireplace hearth outside on the chimney? There was evidence of a rock foundation near and perhaps it served as an enclosed cooking area. It’s fun to imagine. Here’s another example.


This old structure appeared to have served several roles. A home and I suspect a small store based on the drive-through front. From all the junk around the place, I think it was most recently a location selling antiques. It was as you can see a dreary day and the house fit that mood perfectly. The rusty metal roof added to that. Why the cut logs? More questions remain unanswered.

I’m fortunate to live in SW Virginia where many photo opportunities such as these two are plentiful.  I just need to get out and about and find them. Summer 2018 approaches.


Rustic Log Cabin


I found this really neat log cabin in Danbury, NC recently and it was very nice being able to walk around it, making photos from various angles. Whenever I find such structures, my mind begins to ask questions. Such as: when was the last time anyone lived here, who were they, what did they do to make a living, and is there buried treasure nearby (just kidding). I love American history like this. Enjoy seeing what I saw.




Log Cabin Close-Ups

Here are some close up photos I made recently of details of a log cabin at the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum in Ferrum, Virginia. My last post told more of the story. I like to spread out my images from post-to-post…so there you go. Interesting details here, especially being able to adjust the images in post-processing to show the inside of the cabin while looking in on a sunny day. This is where good digital image processing software and techniques become valuable. I use Adobe Lightroom, Version 5…latest and greatest.






On the Farm

Given all the home comfort many people have today in the United States, it’s hard for some of our younger generation to understand and appreciate the many hardships their ancestors experienced daily. This was especially true on farms, where land first had to be cleared by hand, then cut trees fashioned into logs and wooden planks which formed the basis for the homes in which they lived along with associated out-buildings…they thrived for generations. What they ate mostly came from gardens, domestic and wild animals. Cooking was done over open log fires, water was obtained from wells or local streams or lakes, and at night families gathered around oil lamps reading the family Bible and books, playing various games, talking, or simply relaxing after the rigors of the passing day. This brief photo collection of mine was made at the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum located at Ferrum College in SW Virginia. The purpose of the institute is to show how farm life was during the 18th and 19th Century in the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Virginia. Museum volunteers dress in period clothing and perform common chores experienced daily by those who labored hard to survive often under extreme conditions. Thousands visit the museum and outdoor exhibits annually.