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.
This farm situated along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, above 3500 feet elevation, is a favorite photo destination of mine. I try to get various compositions throughout the year as seasons change. It takes a hearty and adaptive person to farm at this elevation, some distance away from a town, but there are many successfully doing it today. Cattle, corn, and other crops thrive thanks to their efforts.
Farming above 3000 feet can’t be easy. Living in an environment with rocky soils, harsh weather and relative remoteness in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, hearth folk have thrived for hundreds of years. I love driving along ridge lines and through winding valleys, capturing what I see with my cameras. These images were made last month and reflect the unique beauty of it all.
It’s the time of year here in SW Virginia when mountain area markets display outside all kinds of produce and other items that tempt visitors to grab their wallets and buy. Like the five-foot high, painted metal roosters above. What I’d do with one is a good question, but it’s still interesting. And no, I didn’t buy one. Fresh-picked peaches, apples and other farm produce fill baskets outside the market. It’s one of my favorite places to visit during the spring, summer and fall seasons. The locally-made, hand-sized Fried Apple Pies sold there are a great treat.
During the winter months, it is much more common to have clear days along the elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina, than it is during the summer when haze often obscures distant views. My object this day was to primarily make some landscape photos that depicted the farming nature of the region. These are views that most tourists and others often take for granted, in favor of stopping along designated overlook parking areas where most photos are taken. I learned a while back in my photography hobby that it is often better to look for other scenes than just the typical “post card” variety so sought after by others.