Category Archives: Architecture

An Early Morning Under the Bridge

Once again it’s late August and my wife and I visit the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV for her to attend a work conference.  I tag along and during the day, while she is busy attending meetings, I venture out to the surrounding area with a camera.  Previous years, I’ve been to the Falls of Hills Creek and Sandstone Falls.  This time I drive a bit further out to see the New River Gorge Bridge and drive the single lane road underneath it.

I arrived just after dawn and roamed around for a few hours waiting for the light and happily stomping around the river.  Once I got the shots I wanted, I headed up to the trailhead parking lot for Long Point.  This trail is almost 2 miles and heads to a beautiful rocky overlook of the bridge and surrounding area.

Other times during our stay, with my wife in the conference, I wandered around the grounds of the resort and happily snapped away at the historic structures.  The kit I brought with me consisted of the X-Pro2, Rokinon 12mm, 23mm f/2,  XF 18-55mm and XF 55-200mm along with a tripod and other small accessories.  For walking around the grounds, I carried only the primes to keep weight down and force me into certain perspectives.  Once again, the Fuji setup was a pleasure to use and produced some great images.

Another Day in Austin

Today was our 2nd full day in Austin, Texas, and despite a weather report full of rain and thunderstorms, the day turned out surprisingly well.  After a quick stop to get an exterior shot of the Driskill Hotel in the rain, I took another long walk and ended up at Rose Bud Isle park, which ended up having large parts underwater from the flooding.  It wasn’t a total wash though, as the dam above the park was cool sight with all of the water being let go.

After some relaxing in the hotel room, my wife and I headed out for dinner and ended up walking around a bit before waiting for the bats to wake up and fly out from the Congress Avenue bridge.  There are apparently a million of them living under the bridge and every night they fly out to go hunting.