Archer City to Waterford

Texas to Virginia. Somewhere in the McMurtry oeuvre, or tangentially to it, I discovered his DC/NOVA residence was in Waterford, VA. Web queries indicated a particularly attractive photo venue. So, in the anticipation of a wet weekend, it was off to Louden County, via Whites Ferry across the Potomac, for a Friday late afternoon session. Everthing in town was shot with the 45 TS-E in anticipation for the upcomming North Dakota trip but the first few of the day were outside of town and required a longer reach.

100-400 at 250mm from along the fence on Old Wheatfield Road. Cropped 16x9 full width to eliminate the excess and out-of-focus grass in the forground. Gotta love the Turkey Vulture on the right chimney.

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The storeA doorGallery/BookstoreJohn Wesley Methodist ChurchChurch BasementJohn Wesley Methodist Church

The Big M

First message on the iPhone landing at BWI yesterday (on time for the first time in quite sometime), was from Bill asking me about a photo of a deer at Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park.  Bill has a good memory, that snap was take in June '05.  Drove out there real early from DC, starting out around 4AM I think. Entered the park at Thornton Gap from VA 211 and took the shot below at one of the first overlooks heading south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Always liked this snap of the sun coming up over the Virginia Piedmont.

Wish DSLRs had built-in GPS, there are ways to do it, some easy and expensive some cheap and somewhat clumsy.  It is easy and essentially free in the iPhone.  Canon 10D with 24-70 f2.8 @70mm, .6s exposure on the Gitzo.