Dusk at Rock Island is spectacular. An hour before sunset, the water is magnificently filled with hues of gold, pink and blue. Just as the sun recedes over the western water, the color seems to drain from the water leaving it a glacial blue and turning the sky vibrant. It’s unlike any location I’ve ever visited. Rock Island itself is a magical. Dense forest, sheer rock faces falling into a deep blue lake, millions of rocks […]
Seen here is the Preston Bradley Hall capped by a 38 foot Tiffany glass dome, the largest in the world. The entryway to the hall is a Renaissance inspired marble staircase and coffered ceilings that would be breathtaking, if not for their placement next to this room.
This photo of the Biltmore House at Sunset was taken in mid-October around 15 minutes prior to sunset. The Biltmore House and surrounding estate was built by George Vanderbilt in 1895 and stands as the prime example of the gilded age in America’s industrial revolution. George Vanderbilt commissioned Richard Morris Hunt, a favorite architect of the Vanderbilt family, to design the home. The home features over 250 rooms including an indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, […]
The grist mill in Babcock State Park is one of West Virginia’s most scenic settings. At the advent of the 20th century West Virginia had over 500 such grist mills dotting the countryside. This mill is a recreation formed by combining the parts from three active mills in the state. The structure came from the Stoney Creek Grist Mill that was built in Pocahontas County in 1890. Babcock State Park was originally built as a Civilian […]
The old learning farmstead in the West Virginia mountains was nestled in a small mountain hole, the family cemetery set beyond on the hill, hay barn to the side. It’s not hard to imagine life in the 1830’s in this setting. Life would be harsh, with the surrounding woods bustling with bear and other dangerous animals, and hostile individuals with little law other than your own gun. At the same time, this setting must have […]
Nestled in the woods of Appalachian West Virginia, this is a restored pioneer farm on Bowers Ridge. This is a living history farm, intended to show visitors what life was like in the Appalachian area in the 1830’s. This farm adjoins the Twin Falls State Park & Resort and was donated by a private family when the park was created.
Traveled to Maine’s Bold Coast, bordered by the Atlantic on the East and Canada to the North. This area of Maine is remote and features the most rugged landscape of any stretch along the Atlantic Ocean in the United States. It is also approximately 800 miles east of Miami, making this the first place to see sunrise each morning. We backpacked in to Cutler Coast Reserve to Fairy Head, a point on the Southeast corner […]