It's mid-July and I'm just now getting into the swing of summer. It's been a bit dreary around here lately, dampening my general enthusiasm for outdoor summer events. Saturday's excursion was nearly a bust as well, but thankfully my adventurer buddy was more positive than I and we agreed to forge ahead. The plan was to visit the Second … Continue reading Hatton Ferry & Scottsville
It's October 26th, and the leaves are nearly past prime. I went out shooting pictures yesterday and today and found - surprisingly - I'm really tired of taking pictures of trees. In fact, I'm kind of tired of doing the same thing over and over and over in every aspect of my life. So, It's time to … Continue reading Primetime Finale
I attended a web/social media conference in Richmond last week (which I'm still trying to wrap my tired, middle-aged mind around). For me, the highlight was spending a few days down in Shockoe Slip. It felt great being home again and in such a positive place, both physically and emotionally. The weather, unfortunately, was … Continue reading Shockoe Slip
Virginia is an impressively diverse state. Drive a few miles in any direction, and the topography and demographics change noticeably, if not drastically. The 1:20 drive from Staunton to Richmond, for example, will take you through 5 counties, 2 USDA zones, 3 geological provinces, and the full spectrum of the state's socioeconomic scale. And every … Continue reading Buena Vista
A quick study in rock formations and dappled morning light. How fortunate am I to live near such natural beauty?
It's been entirely too long since I've taken a leisurely drive. And it's been even longer since I've been up in the Blue Ridge. It's just shameful, really. Such beauty and inspiration close at hand, yet I rarely leave my house. I had a few extra minutes to kill this morning, so I headed for the … Continue reading Morning Drive
I couldn't resist taking another drive this morning, this time towards the Alleghanies. These western mountains are slightly more rugged than the Blue Ridge and are sparsely populated. Jack Mountain (the nearest mountain to my west) is double the elevation of Afton Mountain (where I access the AT and Blue Ridge Parkway on the east). … Continue reading The Colors of Fall – Continued