A Country Christmas Part 1: The Holidays in Appalachia

You Don’t Always Get a Snowy Christmas in Appalachia

Over the Christmas break, we found our way to two of our favorite shooting areas, the southern mountains of Appalachia and the rugged seacoast of New England.  Over the course of our trip, we took several excursions to a variety of locations, some new to us and others old and familiar.  We began our photo adventure by exploring Appalachia – specifically southwestern Virginia and eastern Tennessee.  As part of a family trip, we headed to Pigeon Forge for our first-erver trip to Dollywood.  Though we didn’t bring in the big cameras, our faithful ol’ waterproof Sony provided a handy way to document this colorful piece of Christmas in Appalachia (above).

While in Virginia, we took to the back roads and forgotten paths of the region in search of new vignettes to photograph.  While exploring this corner of Appalachia, we visited a grand waterfall, found some great farm scenes on a foggy afternoon, and stumbled upon this old slat barn (above), just as the sun was setting in the hollow.  You never quite know what you’re going to find when you set out to explore – but you seldom return home empty handed.   Such was the case with our last Appalachia excursion of the visit, as we summited White Top Mountain and did some hiking in search of the perfect shot.  As you can see from the photos in the gallery below, the cloud lawyer was a few hundred feet below the summit, filling the valley like a picturesque quilt of fluffy cotton.

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A Country Christmas Part 1: The Holidays in Appalachia

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Summer Wanderings Part 5: Virginia

The Wild Life and Glowing Skies of Appalachian Virginia

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Well, you’ve made it.  Welcome to the penultimate post (#5 of 6) from our summer wanderings series – this time featuring a few of our favorite images from our time in western Virginia.   Not 30 minuets into Virginia, the sun set was absolutely spectacular!  As it set below the western ridge of the Shenandoah Valley, we hopped off the interstate to see if we could find a few rural scenes to photograph before darkness overtook the region.  By chance, we took the exit for Toms Brook, a small farming community that proved the perfect backdrop for a few quick photos, like the one above.

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Another first for us was a trip up Interstate 81 to the town of Fort Chiswell, Virginia and its unique and adventurous Animal Park.  Located on 45 acres of rolling hills, the park features a diverse collection of animals for kids of all ages to interact with (just be careful of the grey crowned cranes – they bite photographers when said photographers aren’t paying attention… hypothetically of course).  Included with admission is a safari bus ride, where you can feed everything from a camel to an ostrich – both of which have no qualms about invading your personal space by sticking their heads into the bus in search of treats.  Other species, like the bison and zebra preferred to keep their heads outside the bus, but would still walk right up to be fed.  While we’ve photographed many of these animals in the wild, or at free range parks, there is something very special about being able to look one of these gigantic animals in the eye, just a foot or two from your face.

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Summer Wanderings Part 5: Virginia

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Essence of Summer Part 5 – Barns and Bails

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As we wrapped up our Essence of Summer tour, we began winding our way along the spine of the Appalachians, driving south from New Hampshire to Virginia, and then, finally, home to Florida.  In Virginia we stopped a few days to spend time with family, and I found a moment or two to once again explore the beautiful country surrounding Abingdon, VA.  On one shoot, I admittedly had some trouble finding the sort of special vignettes I was looking for.  As day gave way to night, and after several hours of exploring, I still hadn’t found much that peaked my interest – that was until the last moments of light set the sky ablaze and a providential turn down just one more road led me to the scene you see above (and in the gallery below).

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Also on the trip, we went out to visit the Muster Grounds just south of Downtown Abingdon, VA.  This past weekend was the town’s Virginia Highlands Festival, and one of the neat offerings was a living history exhibit at the grounds, where a rag tag band of nearly 400 frontiersmen decided to take the battle to the British in 1780 – eventually resulting in the decisive victory over British Major Ferguson’s regulars at Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780.   We learned much about what life would have been like on the frontier and in revolutionary-era battles, and while I did wax just a bit nostalgic, I left feeling thankful I live in the 21st century.

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Essence of Summer – Barns and Bails

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Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing – A Bittersweet New England Spring

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This May, I found myself on a plane, headed to New Hampshire for my grandmother’s funeral.  Though we now live some 1200 miles away, I grew up just a hundred yards from her front door, so the news of her sudden decline and a few days later, her death, hit me hard – all the more because I wasn’t able to be there in person to say goodbye.  And yet, when the plane landed and my dad picked me up, I could understand the Apostle Paul’s words, when he spoke of his own mental state: “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”.  Paul was speaking to the first century persecuted Christians about this incongruous state of mind that we so often have, where there can be deep, heartbreaking pain, and yet underneath it, an unquenchable joy because of God’s certain promise that all will be made right for those “who love God and are called according to his purposes” – Romans 8:28.

And so, it’s no surprise that our family was feeling the weight of sorrow, but behind and underneath that sorrow there was this sense of joy.  It wasn’t the laugh-out-loud, raucous sort of joy, and it wasn’t exactly the joy I spoke of above, but it was something deep and persistent.  It was in the joy of memories – the vacations to Bar Harbor, the holidays breakfasts, the old stories and the funny little traits we’ve each inherited from Gram.  On top of these precious treasures of the mind, we too had the joys of the Creation, blooming and sprouting as the cold New England winter finally gave way to the manifold glories of spring – Gram’s beloved lilacs were in full purple bloom and overflowing with a sweet, almost palatable fragrance.

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I suspect I am not alone among my photography peers in finding certain types of photography as therapeutic and even invigorating for my soul.  For me, few things liven my spirits like landscape photography – and especially when the canvas is rural New England.  And so, after all the formalities of Gram’s funeral and the departures of family, my parents and I set out for a few hours on a perfect spring afternoon to explore, shoot some photos, and reminisce.   It was a wonderful time, and this post offers up some of the fruits of that brief excursion.  I hope you enjoy them!

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Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing – A Bittersweet New England Spring

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Fine Art Shoot: Barns, Barns, Some More Barns, and a Side of Snow

2013 11 Fine Art - Apalacha Hills of VA 05 - Old Barn

So, November and December were rather busy months for us – so much so that this series of shoots from around Thanksgiving is just now getting it’s day in the limelight.  As we were visiting western Virginia, I had the opportunity to go out on several shoots.  Though I photographed many of the same locations from day to day, the conditions couldn’t have been more different – and the results more diverse.  On the first day, (above) there was a gentle rain with low clouds and fog covering the farmland.  The above set of barns I have photographed before, but the American Flag painted on the side of the barn was a new addition that added that pop of color on an otherwise dreary day.

2013 11 Fine Art - Apalacha Hills of VA 22 - Snow Falling on Old Barn

Shoot two came as a cold front was dropping a few inches of snow along the mountains.  And so, I revisited a few of my favorite locations and then set out to explore some new ground.  I stumbled upon a group of feral Guinea Hens and a pair of wild turkeys, all living in some sort of weird family.  I drove a little further along the North Branch of the Holston River and found a rather scary walking bridge suspended over the 100 foot wide river, connecting the road with a small community on the other side – imagine that commute!  Check out all the fun in the galley below!

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Rustic and Rusting – Robert & Shicela’s Engagement Session!

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of spending the morning (and I mean early morning!) with this awesome couple.  But there were some obstacles – like the oppressive humidity and seemingly endless swarms of blood-thirsty, gigantic mosquitoes…   Thankfully, half way through the shoot, I remembered that I had bug spray in the car.  What a blessing that was!  As you can see from the photos, Robert and Shicela wanted a location that had lots of rustic charm – and we knew the perfect spot – Walter Jones Historic Park.  Complete with various out-buildings in disrepair and a great turn of the century farm house, this was the perfect venue.

And, of course, with the amazing farm house, we couldn’t help but reenact the iconic Grant Wood painting, American Gothic (above).  Check out all our favorite photos from the engagement session below!

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Tiffany & Brandon’s Gorgeous Country Wedding

Here’s another wedding from that same weekend – this time the gorgeous wedding of Tiffany and Brandon.  This was our first time shooting out at The Barn – it’s a wonderfully rustic location perfect for a classy-country wedding!  Congrats Tiffany and Brandon – here’s to many decades of Peace, Joy and Love!   Check out all our favorite photos from the wedding below!

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