Along I-79

I have just returned from a trip to Morgantown, WV. My son had a tournament on Monday and Tuesday. It did not go well, but that’s another story for another time. :-) Let’s just say that the competition was a bit more fierce than we’d ever seen!

I’ve driven the road between Charlotte, NC and Akron, OH a few times. Each time that I drive, I must admire the beauty of both Virgina and West Virgina. There are, in my opinion, some exceptional shots to be had along the highway! The highway crosses numerous rivers and valleys. It meanders through the mountains carving sensuous S-curves for miles and miles. If you come through at the right time, you can see fog rising from some of the Appalachian valleys.

Sunday evening was such a time. As they say, bad weather makes great pictures. There were isolated thunderstorms in the area as we passed through Virginia and then West Virginia. From my vantage point, in the car, it seemed as if I could have stopped every 2 or 3 minutes and have taken another series of impressive, awe-inspiring shots, but but unfortunately, the traffic along I-77 moves 70+ miles per hour and there are lots and lots of trucks. This is a main corridor between South Carolina and Ohio. No way am I setting up my camera on the side of road and taking pictures!

We crossed the New river, ironically named, because it is thought to be the oldest river in North America. Of course, some of the most beautiful views of the river are from atop the highway bridges!

It has been on my list for a while, to make a visit to Virgina and West Virgina to photograph parts of them … I just need to explore and find a place to stand! After all, that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Finding a place to stand and the right moment to click the picture!

In the end, I took very few pictures … what amounted to a few snapshots from the hotel parking lot. I was there to watch my son’s basketball tournament and don’t feel really comfortable straying to far at all hours of the morning while he’s asleep in the hotel, especially when it’s just the two of us and my wife is not along.

By request: How not to suck at photography
Heading south for a while

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