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.