The view from my perch on the mountain

Head on a swivel

These old Appalachian Mountains, one of the oldest mountain ranges on Earth, may not be as tall or rugged as the Rockies, Andes, Alps or Himalayas but they still have an impressive effect on the weather in our part of the world.


In just one frame it’s possible to catch the full gamut of early autumn weather from dark clouds spitting rain to sunshine and cloud shadow dancing across the slopes to clear blue sky.


This turkey vulture was taking full advantage of the thermals and the gusting winds as he soared for what seemed miles without a single beat of those massive wings.



The colors of the season are becoming more vibrant as each day passes and fallen leaves are beginning to gather along the fence lines.


As I drove along, the fading light was making it more difficult to shoot in color but that was okay because some of the scenery called out for black and white.


Whenever I shoot these old buildings I can’t help but wonder at the history each one holds.



What mysteries live within those walls?



What stories could these old places tell? I’ll probably never know but one thing is certain; I’ll return to shoot these scenes again and again. When the sun is shining and Autumn’s colors drape the trees as well as when the leaves have fallen and the ground is cloaked in snow the interest will still be there for me.


10 responses

  1. oh now what have I done wrong? Can’t see the pics 😦 I’ll pop back later and see if they appear 🙂

    October 4, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    • Dunno, Karen. I still see them. Of course, I may be hallucinating.

      October 4, 2010 at 5:47 PM

  2. penelopephoebe

    These photos really lend themselves to black and white…..fabulous!

    October 4, 2010 at 6:12 PM

  3. I love places that have weather that’s not monotonous… here in Texas it’s mostly sunny… irritating… however, the spring and fall have great thunderstorms, which I like so long as they don’t get too scary…

    Michigan living on Lake Michigan was like that… you never knew what the weather was going to throw at you and in one day it could run the gamut!

    October 4, 2010 at 7:26 PM

  4. You better grease that swivel Chip cause it looks as if you had it working pretty hard on this trip! Beautiful shots they are and that last B&W is just supurb.
    Well now I don’t know what kind of stories these old places would tell it they could. I’ll bet ya though if anything remains of them in a few hundred years some body will get it all wrong. So, let’s help them out some today. On or near these sites on a frosty morning in late October of 1948 there was a hog killin’.

    October 4, 2010 at 8:15 PM

  5. beautiful, chip! makes me want to go explore those old barns!

    October 4, 2010 at 9:22 PM

  6. sunflower

    Hello Chip!
    Wonderful pictures.
    Have a great day. Hugs Ann

    October 5, 2010 at 7:39 AM

  7. I had a dream about a building , almost a rickety as the last picture shows..
    there was a feeling of other worldliness as I entered the open doorway, as if , if you could find it, there was a link to times gone by…
    inside I could see where there was a high storage area, reached by wooden steps,. hay was scattered about and laughter filled the air.
    and I awoke, …
    lovely pictures. haunting almost..and not a hallucination in sight..

    October 5, 2010 at 10:38 AM

  8. Fabulous! Lovely black and whites

    October 5, 2010 at 2:20 PM

  9. Nice pics Chips, and same here, the colours of Autumn are becoming more pronounced with each passing week, also the weather [though nice just now] will soon be getting wilder, the sea is getting quite choppy.

    October 5, 2010 at 3:24 PM

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