Hidden Gem

This place is magnificent and it’s right in our “back yard.”  Hopefully soon it won’t be as “hidden” when the documentary is released.  It’s also a wonderful place to fly – I wasn’t the only drone there this time.

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Fall colors are peaking along the Shenandoah River at the Holy Cross Abbey. | Order a print of this image.


Waking up early is no big thing when you know it’s gonna look like this.  It doesn’t matter what brand of coffee you drink, I still think this is the best part of waking up.

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I don’t really get a lot of sleep around this particular holiday.  We’re usually visiting family and playing games until late at night.  So I was feeling a little wonky when I was editing this one.  I shot this one before a couple of years ago, but I wanted to do something a little different with it this time.



So do you call the people who “float” the river “floaters?”  Or “tubists.”  Or “tubers?”  Not sure I’d want to be referred to as a floater.  Gross.

“So did you go to the river?”

“Yeah, but it was really dirty”

“How do you know?”

“It was full of floaters”


It’s late – what do you want from me?


Since I’m not allowed to launch inside a national park I had to hike down to the river edge from the road and launch from there. That’s Harpers Ferry in the distance on the left.

The James

How appropriate was it that we’d take the Williamsburg back across the James?!

Not sure what it is about Williamsburg, but we really love it here.

Not sure what it is about Williamsburg, but we really love it.

Horseshoe Bend

Free photo contest!  When I first started, I joined any and every photo contest out there.  Not so much anymore.  It just seems to me that photography is so very subjective (as is any art) and it really depends on how the “judge” is feeling that day.  Sure, anybody can evaluate an image based on a set of established criteria (framing, composition, use of leading lines and so on and so forth), but that removes all beauty from the work and it becomes sterile.  Anyway…

But this contest is totally random.  You submit an image to be eligible for a random drawing.  The photos aren’t really “judged” at all.  They’re there for the viewing pleasure of all – minus all “objective” judging criteria.  I’m in.  You should be, too.  Enter the contest here and support Virginia State Parks.

The Shenandoah Valley's very own version of the Horseshoe Bend in the Grand Canyon.

The Shenandoah Valley’s very own version of the Horseshoe Bend (like the one in the Grand Canyon).

The River

One of our favorite places to visit is WIlliamsburg and the last time we ventured out a little further than usual and found this place.  Needless to say there’s a ton of history in this area and we’d never been to this site before.  And as always, great photo opportunities everywhere we went.