Martinsville, Virginia is home to the only NASCAR race track still operating from NASCAR’s first season in 1948. I live just two miles from the facility and as such am able to make photos when I want. NASCAR schedules two races annually here on the one-half mile oval (paperclip design) track and racing fans enjoy the up-close views and tight racing often creating a lot of “bumping and banging.” For years I attended each race along with 60,000-plus others. The pandemic curtailed that last year but it’s now back open to fans fully. Here are several images I made this week to show the facility is indeed “waiting to race.”
A colorful mix of butterflies, gathering on the damp sand along the shoreline of the Smith River near Martinsville, VA.
My mood improved considerably when I happened to see one of our friendly yard squirrels sitting on our garden sundial eating a morning snack. I had a 55-200mm lens but didn’t need the long range. 50mm was just fine. I was less than 15 feet away.
The city center of Martinsville, Virginia offers many photo opportunities to me, regardless of its small size. I think it’s representative of how much architectural history still remains in small town America.
I really enjoy making photos with my Fujifilm 16mm lens. That was especially true on a recent photo walk in downtown Martinsville, Virginia where we live.
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.
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.
Sometimes I’m limited by location when it comes to photo opportunities. Traveling to places where there may be unlimited possibilities is great, but I find that’s not as simple as it once was given age and health. So, I have to look harder closer to home.