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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Ashby Gap

Ashby Gap is not quite in Loudoun County, but pretty close. This beautiful spot can be seen driving East on Rt. 50 looking to the South. It contains many elements that make this area quaint; rolling hills, farm houses, cattle, streams and ponds. I hope to return in the Spring when everything is green and in full bloom. Taken on January 28.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

AT Trail Road

Late summer photo taken on the road to the Blackburn hikers cabin along the Appalachian Trail. The grass and moss grow thick in the summer along the Blue Ridge, especially under the cover of the tall trees.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Milking barn

One of many decaying milking barns in Round Hill. They are rapidly disapearing and represent a lifestyle that once flourished in this area.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Frosted Blue Ridge

I woke on this morning to find the top of the Blue
Ridge frosted over, an unusual sight. This Round Hill corn field yielded some dramatic shots. The frosted ridge can be seen on the horizon, taken last Winter.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Valley sunset

Sunsets in Loudoun can be spectacular. This one shows night creeping in from the left with a blackened treeline for contrast.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Old Sunny Ridge

This 2004 photograph was taken at Sunny Ridge, just outside of Round Hill. This area is one of the most beautiful in the county with gentle rolling hills, hawks riding the thermals and herds of deer.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Blue night

Long exposures at night can reveal surprising imagery. This photo was taken over the period of about :30 seconds in near total darkness. The location of this photo is near Airmont in Round Hill.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Subtle hill

Sleeter Lake, pictured here, is surrounded by thick fields of grasses and plants. In Winter these fields turn the to the color of wheat. The way it interacts with sunlight at dawn and dusk can be special. Its my favorite color but I'm not sure what its called. Taken 1/7/06.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Bales and hills

Scenes like this are rapidly disappearing in Loudoun. Snickersville Turnpike looks dramtically different than it did just a few years ago, pictured here near Purcellville. This photo was taken about a week ago.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Appalachian Trail falls

A mid-afternoon Appalachian Trail hike provided this icy falls photo today. It was taken West of Mt. Weather. Icy formations could be found in many of streams that intersect with the trail. It was a beautiful January day filled with sunshine, spots of unmelted snow and quiet hiking.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Gallery walk canvases

Photoworks in Leesburg (see link -->) was kind enough to host my work for the December Gallery Walk event. Pictured here are three of my photographs on 2'x3' canvases. Thanks to Neil and KD for the opportunity!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Saved by the field

When I woke up today the whole county was socked in with fog. I was amazed at how many cars were on the back dirt roads. This fog covered field made up for it. Does that makes this site a therapy blog...?

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Dairy farm and deer bones

One of the many dairy farms that made this area nearly famous for its pedigree of cows. This abandonded farm was strewn with field machines, rotten wood and signs of toil. A garden of homes surrounds the place now.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Eyes in ice

This photo was taken last Winter and may not be destined for framing. However, the addition a few new elements can breathe new life into an image. I've carefully placed eyes into various locations of the scene to create something that is sort of disturbing (just for you).

Monday, January 09, 2006

Cool matter in ice

This photo was taken last month just off the Appalachian Trail south of Bear's Den. The size limitations of this image can't begin to show some of the cool details contained within it. Photoshop was used to some of the finer details in the second image.

I have a thing for frozen plant matter in chilly streams. Not only are the combination of colors unique to this type of scene, but flow is captured in time. Rambling matter suspended in wait until the next melt.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Winter grass and thick white air

This photo was taken on January 2 near Sunny Ridge. Morning rain combined with chilly temps provided a glow contrasted by winter grass and thick white air.

Painterly pastures

Under the right conditions, the landscapes of Loudoun appear to have painterly qualities. This rainy morning provided one such image.


These series of photos were all snapped within a second or so and depict the swarming flight of small birds that dot the local pastures.

Fog reveals all...

This trip yielded interesting winter scenery mixed with morning fog. Its amazing how the early morning sun combined with dense fog can render a normally mundane scene into something of beauty.