I recall my last visit to the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum in Ferrum, Virginia. It’s a photographers treasure trove of compositions. The above image, and the next one, are from there. The last image is not. The colorful barn located along the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of my favorites. However, today the barn is in poor condition and the paint has faded to where “color” is only a wish. I’m so glad I was able to make this image when the scene was perfect for me. This aspect of photography is what I love the most. Being able to go back through our archives to view how things were. Memories.
Slate Mountain Presbyterian Church was originally built in 1932, It’s located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in SW Virginia. Here’s a related fact. A Graveyard is located in a churchyard, such as here. A Cemetery is located somewhere not associated with a church. As an aside, I learned that fact during a visit to several really old churches in England and Scotland in the 1980s. The architecture of this church looks similar to some I saw there.
Mountains in Virginia. Elevation: Above 3500 feet. No more 2018 Fall colors. Trees are mostly bare of leaves now. Snowed earlier this week. It was a nice Fall, and I was pleased I saw and photographed what I did.
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.
Small town Produce Markets displaying Pumpkins, Gourds, Potted Mums, and other seasonal items are now doing business in that regard. Like the farm market just two miles from where we live in SW Virginia. I saw this while driving past, and on my way back home, I stopped to make these photos using my iPhone 7 Plus Camera. Always handy and very capable.
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.