This post features more backroad vignettes and landscapes from recent visits to Ashe County, North Carolina. First up is an old outhouse behind the Phipps General Store near Lansing. As the sign and door cuts suggest, this appears to have been a unisex outhouse. Folklorist would say the moon cut indicated “for females” and the star cut meant “for males”. While the horseshoe generally was used for good luck, I’m not sure of it’s use in this context.
The remaining captures are from various corners of the county obtained by just driving around exploring the county backroads. Sometimes those backroads change from asphalt to hard packed gravel, and back.
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I took the week of October 11th off to explore Ashe and Watauga Counties in North Carolina, including sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is the second in a series of posts from my 2021 fall color expedition. The first image vantage point of the Linn Cove Viaduct is one of the most photographed spots on the parkway. I was fortunate to have the help of these cyclists to get a unique shot.
Fortunately it was a weekday on the parkway, otherwise, it would have been way too crowded this time of year.
The Rough Ridge Overlook is little further away from the Linn Cove Viaduct and Grandfather Mountain. Its only a moderate 15 minute hike from the parkway and offers a spectacular view of both features. Other photographers and I were treated to amazing waves of clouds pushing through at sunset.
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Exploring backcountry roads in Ashe County last month, I got quite excited as this large, beautiful old barn complex appeared on Silas Creek Rd came into view.
Near the mountain town of Lansing, this sprawling barn complex sits just across the street from the Phipps Country Store, a Friday night gathering spot for local musicians. I hope to visit this old barn again in the coming weeks to capture its beauty with fall color. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version.
The 57 Chevy has always been my favorite classic automobile. As a kid I built several Revell scale models of this iconic car. Last month we parked near this pristine beauty while visiting Ashe County, North Carolina. These compositions focused on detailed vignettes of this Bel Air model’s styling and ornamentation.
While visiting my sister and brother-in-law’s mountain cabin retreat near West Jefferson, North Carolina, we pulled out his classic 69 Bronco for a photoshoot. I used Alien Skin’s Exposure software to emulate Agfa APX 100 for the monochrome images, and 70’s vintage Kodachrome for the color images.
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This post features my second set of compositions from Oak Island, North Carolina. Once or twice a day, I would leave the family for a “photography expedition”. Time by yourself, with no pressure to “hurry up and take that picture”.
This is when I find photography most fulfilling, the freedom to wander, explore, and just see what you can see. For example, on a rainy day whim, I turned left on a dirt road near Safe Harbor and eventually found this rustic old lifeboat overlooking the Lockwoods Folly River, just before it connects with the Intracostal Waterway.
Of course, sometimes seeing is anticipation of a situation or scene that has potential to develop into something visually interesting.
In early July, my wife and I visited Charlotte, NC for the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in a building originally built as a Ford Model T factory. During WWII, the US Army expanded the campus building five additional massive warehouses to serve as a Quartermaster Depot.
In the Cold War years, the campus was used to build missiles, where the site was referred to as Charlotte Area Missile Plant, or CAMP for short.
Now Camp North End is in the middle of a massive multi-year adaptive reuse project, and is now a mix between industrial art collective, shopping center, and an outdoor food hall.
With several parts of the campus in various stages of renovation, I enjoyed exploring numerous photographic opportunities as much as the Van Gogh Exhibit.
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