Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Moments In Time


The Cat That Walked by Himself

"He will kill mice, and he will be kind to babies when he is in the house, just as long as they do not pull his tail too hard. But when he has done that, and between times, and when the moon gets up and night comes, he is the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to him. Then he goes out to the Wet Wild Woods or up the Wet Wild Trees or on the Wet Wild Roofs, waving his wild tail and walking by his wild lone."

Rudyard Kipling


Monday, April 25, 2011

Road Trip Photography


Sunshine Feed Store

Located on Route 50 in Burlington, WV is this building called the Sunshine Feed Store. As far as I can tell it is not a working establishment, but it is a building that someone took some time and imagination to colorize. I think they did an outstanding job and I love looking at this place every time I go past it.

Just click on the photo to see it in its original size...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Moments In Time


After A Rain

Softly does the rain come down,
drenching, quenching the thirsty ground.
Upon it's end brings clouds delight,
and takes rains moisture into the night.

From leaf and limb drops fall to ground,
and into puddles makes circles round.
Then night ensues and hides all away,
till morning dawns and brings the day.

So when it rains don't fret or sigh
for rain is good, it's nature's high.
From rain all living things do grow,
rain is God's blessings, seen in a rainbow.

                          Glenn C. Riffey

Monday, April 18, 2011

Road Trip Photography


By The Tracks

Last Autumn, I was heading back to the office, having completed a networked MFP install, and I had to stop in traffic for road work.

Man, I didn’t need this. I had to get back. There was work to be done and I really didn’t have time to sit here and do nothing. While fuming a little, I started looking around at the scenery. It was then that my motto popped back into my mind, “if you are not looking, you will never see.”

I started to do just that, and as I looked around I noticed that the bright greens and yellows of summer were still present but, also, the saturated colors of Fall, the orange and reds, were starting to come out here and there. It was a great juxtaposition of colors and adding in the railroad tracks, and the field beside me, just made me realize how beautiful the world can be; if you will but look and see.

I picked up my camera, which I always have with me, and took a few photos as I noticed that the traffic started to move again. No, I wasn’t ready, we needed to sit still for awhile. Funny, just a few moments ago I was in a hurry and didn’t want to stop, now I didn’t want to go. I just wanted to sit here for awhile and just enjoy nature in all it’s changing glory.

Having taken a few images, I continued on to the office and I forgot all about these photos until a few days ago. So, even though we’re going into Summer, these are the colors we will see and will, once again, drop back into Fall when the time is right.

Had I not been stopped, had I been a few minutes earlier or later I would have gone by this scene and most likely never would have noticed it. However, this was one of those times when God just said, “Hey, stop, take it easy and just look around see what all I have done.” It’s nice to know that God has the same motto as I…

If you are not looking, you will never see…

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Weekly Black & White Photography

         The Last Of This Series...

One Stands Tall

This is the last of my Weekly Black & White Photography posts. I will continue to post a B&W image from time to time but not on a weekly basis. Instead, I'll be concentrating more on my color photography, especially in doing Urban and Landscape photography.

So, for now this is it and I hope you will enjoy this last photo of the series. It's been fun and I've learned a lot about doing B&W photography, but now it is time to move on. Thanks for all of your comments and encouraging remarks and for the suggestions that have come my way. They have all been greatly appreciated.

Beginning next week, in addition to the Views From Western MD, the Road Trip Photography and the Travel Photography I'll be starting a new series that will focus more on the history of my area. I think it, too, will be fun to work on and I hope you will enjoy the photos that I bring you and, in the process, learn more about why I love to live where I do.

After all, this is my world and I want you to feel welcome to it...

Monday, April 11, 2011

Travel Photography

The Fisherman

When you are traveling do you look for photos that are off the beaten path? Yeah, it’s OK to photograph the usual and you may even do so in different ways with different looks. However, when you come back with that special photo you will be glad you took the time to go off the beaten path.

This photos is an example of what I’m talking about. This was taken on the Eastern end of Jamestown Island. When you come out of the National Park area and start to leave the road leads off to the left out of the parking lot. However, there is a sign showing what is called the Loop Road that goes right out of the parking lot.

There are two Loop Roads from which to choose. If you take the long loop road, which I would suggest you do, you will go to the outer banks of the Jamestown Island. There is a small parking lot there where you can park your vehicle and walk about 50 yards out to the end of the island. You will come out where the Eastern end of the Island comes to rest on the James River as it heads East to the Chesapeake Bay. This area is known as Black Point.

The first time we went out to this area, as soon as we came out onto the beach there was this person off to the right and just standing there fishing. Now how could I resist not taking this photo. For me it was a once in a lifetime photo opportunity as we have been back there numerous times and there has never been anyone else out there fishing.

This is one of our favorite photos from our trips to the Colonial Williamsburg area, as it was quite a surprise to see someone fishing off of Jamestown Island. The big thing is, had we not followed the sign showing the way to the Loop Road we would never have been in the place to even see this setting, had we not changed our plans and decided to go off the beaten path.

By-the-way, this image was created with a little 5MP Point & Shoot camera…

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Weekly Black & White Photography


Council Chamber

This room is located in the Capitol Building in Colonial Williamsburg. The building is the first American structure built to which the word "Capitol" was applied. In this room many decisions were made and quite a few had an impact on the beginnings of the United States itself.

You can read more about this building at this link:

Capitol Building at Colonial Williamsburg

Monday, April 4, 2011

A View From Western Maryland


The Club House

This is the former Jockey Club Building that was at the Fairgo Race Track, the first half-mile track in the state of Maryland.

The building now houses the Maryland and West Virginia Model Railroad Association. You can find out more about this fine association at this link:

Maryland and West Virginia Model Railroad Association