Otter Lake Dam

Otter Lake is located in Amherst County, Virginia along the Blue Ridge Parkway (HERE).  These scenes were captured on August 13, 2011.

Amherst County Photography

Amherst County Photography

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The Cascades

Here’s an image of the Cascades made on November 25, 2011.  The Cascades can be found in Giles County, Virginia, and is worth the hike to get there.

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Little Stony Creek

Here are a few images of Little Stone Creek located in Giles County, Virginia.  These shots were taken downstream from the Cascades on November 25, 2011.  The bottom photo is a small stream of water (not the Cascades) which falls over the rocks above the creek.  I’ll post an image of the Cascades tomorrow.

Giles County - Photographer

Giles County - Photographer

Giles County - Photographer

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Shawver Mill – Part Three

This post is a followup post from two years ago.  I had taken a couple of quick photos and made two posts.  Those photos were not great, but gave some idea of what the mill looked like.  These photos are a little better, and I’ve included a photo of the Historic Sign at the bottom, and a transcript of the sign just below this text.  (The other two posts can be found HERE and HERE.)

Historic Marker XH2 – Shawver Mill

The Shawver Mill community grew up here around the gristmill that George Shawver built before 1860.  William Leffel and Adam Britts soon built sawmills, and the community devleoped like many in Virginia during the 19th century.  By 1911 ti sustained a general store, Odd Fellow hall, post office, cemetery, two churches, and a baseball team.  The end of milling operations in 1947, together with new road constrctuion, diminshed the community.  By 1992, only the mill dam, the cemetery o the hill, and Chestnut Grove Church survived.

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Shawver Mill #2

Here are two more photos of Shawver Mill that were taken from a little different angle than the one from yesterday.  These were both taken from the same spot, but I was kneeling down for the one with the brown grass in the foreground.  It’s neat to see what a small adjustment on the camera position can have on the overall image.


The photo below is not quite in focus, but notice the composition I was talking about.


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Shawver Mill

According to some brief research that I did, this mill was mentioned in a Tazewell County deed in 1860, and operated until 1947.  According to a Tazewell County history book, it was used as a sawmill and grist mill the last year it was in operation.  I’d love to know more about the mill and the history behind it.  Post a comment if you know anything about it.


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Flashback Friday – Great Blue Heron

This “Flashback Friday” image was captured in July of 2006.  This Great Blue Heron (GBH as our family likes to call them) was flying just above the water from the outfall of a dam on the Little River in Radford, Virginia.  I had been trying to capture an acceptable image of the elusive GBH for several months.  They are very skiddish, and always seemed to fly just before I snapped the shutter.  This time, I saw it perched near the dam, but it was too far away to get any kind of image, and also too far away to make it fly away.  After about 20 minutes waiting for it to fly, some fishermen came to the area, and as they walked closer to it, the GBH took to the air and flew right by me.  The bank where I was standing was probably 30 feet highter than the water level.  That meant that I was looking down on it when it flew by.  I was able to get about 4 photos as it flew by, but this one was the only keeper.  I was very satisfied with it in the viewer on the back of the camera, and I could see that the feathers showed up really well.  Have a great weekend, and let me know what you think.


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