Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday morning


Cherry Rain

"Is it starting to rain?"

"No," my wife replied, "it's the cherries falling."

I walked over to the screen door and looked out into the darkness. Cherries fell plop on the deck and ping on the gutters. It sounded just like the first huge raindrops that fall in advance of a summer thunderstorm.

This has been a banner year for wild cherries around here. They are so thick on the deck that I have to sweep outward from the door to keep from stepping on them. Stepping on them makes a purple stain on the wood and they get tracked into the house. 
 
Wild cherries are about the size of an English pea and the pit takes up eighty percent of the cherry's insides so there is not much left for whatever one might want to make from the fruit. Gathering and pitting enough cherries to make a quart of jelly would be quite a chore. Besides, they are sort of bitter. 

This evening a thunderstorm is building over the mountain and headed this way. Perhaps by morning the last of this year's wild cherries will be on the deck, waiting to be swept away.

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(The wild cherry tree, prunus serotina  is native to Virginia and is also known as black cherry, rum cherry and mountain cherry,)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mountain Top

George Washington National Forest - Augusta County, Virginia 

I took this photograph one morning earlier this year in the George Washington National Forest. It is what I think of as a "record shot." I was there; this is what I saw. Photos like this are not intended to be scenic, or beautiful, or artistic. It is quite an ordinary photograph and not particularly interesting, yet over the last couple of months I have returned to it again and again.

Yes, it reminds me of that day as I walked all alone along the top of a ridge in the cool mountain air and the silence, but to me, it is more than just a memory. For some reason this photograph has the power to carry me back to the distant, wordless emotion that I felt that spring morning. Smells can do that sometimes.  It is a smell photograph. No one can smell it but me.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Springhouse

Augusta County, Virginia

Henry Miller was an important early Virginia industrialist.  Around 1774, he and a partner established Mossy Creek Iron Works to produce iron bar, cooking pots, stoves, axes, and picks. During the Revolution, the ironworks produced cannons, cannonballs and small arms.

 Miller built his residence at Mossy Creek in the mid 1780s and the house still stands today as a rare example of 18th century Shenandoah Valley architecture. This two story springhouse is one of two original outbuildings still standing on the property. The Henry Miller house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tim's II

Fairview Beach, Virginia 

Fairview Beach is a small town on the Potomac River in King George County, Virginia. Tim's II is a restaurant/bar that is right on the river and caters to boaters. By the way, the large building in the background is not Tim's II—the restaurant is located on a pier that extends out into the Potomac River.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

102 Railroad Avenue

Eagle Rock, Virginia 

If you are not a fan of railroad photography, you will be happy to know that I am almost out of railroad related material for now. If you do like railroad photography, then I hope you have enjoyed the pictures the last few weeks, and I direct your attention to Lost Tracks of Time.

Matthew Malkiewicz has photographed railroads throughout the country. There are some great pictures in the slide show on the home page, but be sure to delve into the dozens of galleries which manage to catch the ghosts of railroading past.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Poindexter, Virginia


A print of this picture is now on display at the Black Box Gallery  in Portland, Oregon as part of a group exhibition titled "Focus: Landscape and Architecture." The exhibition runs from August 1st through August 20th.

This old store is located within the Green Springs Historic District in Louisa County, Virginia. The photograph was taken in February, 2013 and was posted on Photography In Place earlier this year.

Friday, August 1, 2014