For the upcoming year I am offering a 2022 calendar for in person transactions or check by certified mail only (I will bill you). If you are interested please let me know. Price is $34. This calendar is large at 11X17 and is intended more as an art piece than a regular calendar. Printed on thick stock. Price includes shipping/delivery. This is a premium product. (Pre-Order) Arriving late August-September.
January - First Snow, Babcock, WV - This easy to access mill at Babcock State Park is a great destination especially in the fall. GPS tracking should not be trusted.
February - Middle Falls, Old Mans Cave, OH (A tourist trap but a beautiful location during a weekday morning).
March - Great Smoky Mountains, NC - This view avoids the crazy crowds of the National Park and can be found at Water Rock Knob but still gets crowded at sunset.
April - Blooming at the Grist Mill, WV - Located at Babcock State Park.
May - Spring Rhododendrons, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherokee, NC - My favorite Spring south end overlook on the Parkway, I will keep this one to myself, view is of the Smoky Mountains section of the Blue Ridge.
June - Rhododendron Sunrise, Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, NC - Sunrise at East Fork Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
July - Soco Falls, Maggie Valley, NC - A rope is needed to scale down to this waterfall, not recommended for children, elderly, anyone with knee or ankle problems, can be dangerous when wet or even dry.
August - Summer sunrise, Mt. Mitchell, NC - Mt. Michell is the highest point in the Eastern USA at 6,684 feet.
September - Cathedral Falls, WV - An easy to access roadside waterfall not far from New River Gorge National Park, waterfall can dry up in summer or during dry times. photo took me 4 years to capture.
October - Marys Rock Tunnel, Skyline Drive, VA - The only Tunnel in Shenandoah National Park, my favorite tunnel in Appalachia.
November - Autumns End in Shenandoah, Skyline Drive, VA - Located in the Northern end of the Blue Ridge this photo took me 4 years to capture.
December - Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC - Ponding Mill Overlook is a great location to witness cloud inversions.
Cover - Douglass Falls, Thomas, WV - While this is one of my favorite waterfalls, I cant recommend the average person visiting, especially with a family.
I have created an interactive map with locations of pictures here. Simply click the name of the location of the Picture to view its spot on the world map. Or click on the map below. If you are on a cell phone and have Google maps app installed a map to each location will open!
About my Photos:
All of my photos are captured with Nikon Cameras 7200, Z6, Z7II. I do not use photoshop other than to resize an image and to focus stack an image so it appears sharp all the way though. I do this on some images because it’s technically impossible sometimes to get everything in focus depending on field of depth and position of objects. I do not add fake skies or fake color to my images. I try to stay very close to how the scene appeared in real life or just ”one stop” above. I also do not use any AI tools of any type. I do use Lightroom to develop all images. I do bring up shadows and blacks so more details in the image can be seen. Many of these photos took years to capture after repeated fails due to weather conditions. On average during a 4 day photo trip I will walk away with only 5-10 images as I have specific compositions that I am after.
About this years calendar:
This year I decided to select images that appear less flashy to give the product a more balanced look. I also decided to create a write up on this page to provide more context for the images and to provide interesting information that might be useful if you decided you would like to visit one of these locations.
About the Region:
The Blue Ridge, part of the Appalachian range, was created by the uplifting of the Earth’s tectonic plates 1.1 billion to 250 million years ago. At over 1 billion years of age, the Blue Ridge Mountains are among the oldest in the world, second only to South Africa’s Barberton greenstone belt. (By comparison with the Blue Ridge, the Rockies are young “upstarts.” 50-80 million years old) At the time of their emergence, the Blue Ridge were among the highest mountains in the world. Today, as a result of age and erosion, the highest peak in the system, Mount Mitchell in North Carolina, is only 6,684 feet high – still the highest peak east of the Rockies. They continue to shrink but fear not thanks to continental drift in a few million years from now near the Virgina/NC state line the Blue Ridge will once again take its spot as having the highest point in the world, or so computer models predict. It’s also worth making note that’s thanks to continental drift parts of the Appalachian Mountains are scattered across the globe (Central Pangean Mountains). North America is home to two temperate rain forest, the Pacific North West and Southern Appalachia.
I am a part time semiprofessional photographer and a regular contributor for Blue Ridge Country Magazine and the State of Virginia Tourism Company. I spend most of my free time traveling around Appalachia.
(If you are interested in visiting) Links:
Blue Ridge Parkway click here
Blue Ridge Parkway Closures click here
Skyline Drive click here
Skyline Drive Closures click here
West Virginia Mill click here
Mt. Mitchell click here
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